Baumholder, Germany-? There has been a number of different missions carried out by the 47th Forward Support Battalion?over the last six months, but none was as solemn as the respect and final regards that were paid to one of their own, Sergeant Brandon Augustus.
Sergeant Augustus was looking forward to leaving Iraq, and rejoining his family back at home, including his 4 year old son and his wife. Sergeant Augustus was only 29 years old, and known by the nickname ?Knuckles? by other members of his unit.
At a reunion between the couple in December during R and R leave, Sergeant Augustus collapsed and later quietly died at a German hospital. Originally from Baton Rogue, Louisiana, Sergeant Augustus was in excellent physical condition. While his death is from natural causes, the precise cause has still not been determined.
Sergeant Augustus was mourned by his unit, and will be sorely missed. He was recently named NCO of the Quarter for 2nd BCT, 1st Armored Division, and was in the running for possible NCO of the year.