UPDATE: Funeral set Sunday in Ripley for National Guard airman who died in Kuwait

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RIPLEY, W.Va. - UPDATE: 08/11/2017

A funeral will be held Sunday afternoon in Jackson County for a West Virginia National Guard airman who died in a non-combat incident in Kuwait.

Airman Tech Sgt. David Board, 49, of Barboursville, who was born in Parkersburg, died on Aug. 2.

His services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Waybright Funeral Home in Ripley. Burial with military honors will follow at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Millwood.

Board, who was assigned to aircraft maintenance duties with the 130th Airlift Wing based at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base in Charleston, graduated from Ripley High School in 1985.


ORIGINAL STORY: 08/03/2017

A West Virginia National Guardsman died Wednesday in Kuwait during Operation Inherent Resolve, according to the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.

Airman Tech Sgt. David Board, 49, of Barboursville, died in a non-combat-related incident.

Board was assigned to aircraft maintenance duties with the 130th Airlift Wing based at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base.

“It’s a terribly sad day for West Virginia,” Gov. Jim Justice said in a release. “We suddenly lost a hero and an airman in the West Virginia Air National Guard to a non-combat incident while serving our country overseas. We owe everything to the men and women who step up and make countless sacrifices to protect our freedom. Cathy and I are praying for the airman’s family and the entire National Guard family, and we hope the people of the Mountain State will join us.”

Operation Inherent Resolve coordinates the ongoing military actions targeting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in those countries.

“The loss of Tech. Sgt. Board is a great loss for the West Virginia National Guard and a loss for the people of West Virginia,” said Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard, in a release. “Our sincere condolences go out to his family, his friends and fellow service members. His contributions to our state and nation are significant and he will be remembered with the profound respect and admiration of a grateful nation.”