A Mountain Home soldier serving with the 116th Brigade Combat Team died in Kirkuk, Iraq, Wednesday of non-combat-related injuries, the Guard said Thursday.
Staff Sgt. Virgil R. Case , 37, was assigned to the 145th Support Battalion of the 116th, a group that deals largely with vehicle maintenance, Idaho National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Tim Marsano said. Marsano said Case's death is under investigation and he could not comment further.
Case is the sixth member of the 116th to die in Iraq.
Case is survived by his wife, Claudia, and four children. Case's family said in a statement that Case "proudly served in the Army National Guard."
"There was never a man loved by his family as much as Virgil Case was, " the family said. "He was a loving father and husband who lived for his family. There are no words that can express how much he will be missed."
His family asked that the media respect their request for privacy.
Case deployed to Iraq with the 116th in mid-December. Before being called to active-duty last year, Case was a full-time Guard member working at the 145th Support Battalion's armory in Mountain Home, Marsano said.
"All of us here in the Idaho National Guard are feeling this loss and our thoughts are with the family, " Marsano said. "We're feeling the loss of a comrade."
Funeral arrangements had not been made as of Thursday evening.
The 116th includes soldiers from about 20 states.