FORT HOOD, Texas (WANE) – An Indiana National Guardsman from Fort Wayne died at Fort Hood early Saturday morning, according to the Indiana National Guard.
43-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Mark Boner was deployed with the 38th Sustainment Brigade.
The Indiana National Guard did not release details of his death and said his death is under investigation.
Boner’s siblings said they were told that doctors believe their brother died of a heart attack.
Boner served as an automated logistical specialist.
Boner’s group left Indiana last week for training in Texas. The 38th Sustainment Brigade is preparing for deployment to Kuwait.
“For those who knew and worked with Sgt. 1st Class Boner, he was respected and admired for his great love for his country and family,” said Col. Kimberly Martindale, commander of the 38th Sustainment Brigade. “He was an inspiration to us all, always doing something for someone else and never taking credit for it. My deepest sympathy for his family at this sad and difficult time.”
Gov. Eric Holcomb (R-IN) issued a statement Sunday:
Janet and I offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of Indiana’s own Mark Boner, who lost his life yesterday at Fort Hood in Texas. Throughout his military career, Sgt. 1st Class Boner was recognized for his dedication to duty, love for family, and selfless service to his country. Words cannot express the depth of sorrow I feel for his family, especially his children and grandchildren. Hoosiers around the state join me in honoring his service and contributions to our community and our country.
Boner deployed to Iraq in 2009.
He received a Combat Action Badge, Iraq Campaign Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and two Army Commendation Medals.
Boner’s sister, Tammy Bohne, said he was unquestionably committed to his country.
“He did it without fail,” she explained. “It didn’t matter to him if he wasn’t feeling well. He just did it and that’s just the way he was. He was going on a third deployment and he was proud of that and he never complained about it. He just did it.”
Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) issued a statement Sunday:
“It is with a heavy heart that I offer my most sincere sympathy to the family and loved ones of Sgt. 1st Class Mark Boner. I know Hoosiers in our community and state are grateful to him for his sacrifice and service, and I ask that they join me in offering thoughts and prayers of peace for his family. His service to our country will not be forgotten.”
The Indiana National Guard said Boner was a father and grandfather.