The Third Infantry Division has confirmed the death of Major Paul C. Voelke, from Monroe, New York, who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Voelke, 36, died Friday in Mazar E. Sharif, Afghanistan from non-combat related injuries. He was assigned to 1-30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team and deployed in February 2012 for a nine-month deployment. The incident is under investigation and additional details will be made available once the investigation is complete.
Voelke, an infantryman, has been in the Army for 14 years and is survived by his wife and two children. This was Voelke’s second deployment to Afghanistan; he had two previous deployments to Iraq. Voelke is awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart and Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
The Commanding General and the Third Infantry Division express their deepest condolences to the family of Major Voelke. Chaplain support and family assistance have been extended to the Soldier’s family during this time.