Master Sgt. Gregory Childs

A soldier from Warren based at Fort Belvoir in Northern Virginia died Friday in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. Department of Defense news release.

The news release, issued Monday, said 38-year-old Army Master Sgt. Gregory L. Childs of Warren died Friday in Kabul but did not say how he died. However, a release from U.S. Rep. Mike Ross said that according to initial reports, he died from non-combat-related illness.

“Our state and nation lost a true patriot in the passing of Master Sergeant Childs,” Ross said. ” His passing comes much too soon and he will be deeply missed.  All Americans owe Master Sergeant Childs their eternal gratitude for his service to our nation. There is no way we can ever thank Master Sergeant Childs or his family enough for his service, but we can honor his legacy and life and pledge together to support all of our men and women in uniform who heroically serve this great country of ours. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with his family during this extraordinarily difficult time.”

Childs was assigned to the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, the Department of Defense release said.

Ross’ statement said that Childs’ daughter lives in Arlington, Texas, and his mother lives in Warren.