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CAMP MABRY, Texas (Dec. 17, 2012) -  A Texas Army National Guard Soldier died Dec. 13, near Kandahar, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a roadside bomb attack. The U.S. Department of Defense released the Soldier's name and details of the incident over the weekend.
Staff Sgt. Nelson David Trent, 37, of Round Rock, died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Fort Worth. The 56th IBCT is a unit of the 36th Infantry Division, headquartered in Austin.
Prior to deploying, Trent was a communications noncommissioned officer assigned to Joint Task Force 71, a National Guard homeland response, headquartered in Austin.
Trent enterted the Texas Army National Guard in June 2006 as a signal support system specialist, following service on active-duty with the U.S. Army. He previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Trent's awards and decorations include the Army Combat Action Badge, six Army Commendation Medals and three Army Achievement Medals.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sgt. Trent's family and friends," said Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols,  The Adjutant General of Texas. "We thank them for allowing him to serve with us. His sacrifice on behalf of Texas will not be forgotten."
There is currently no photo available. If one becomes available, this release will be updates at Inquiries may be directed to the Texas Military Forces Public Affairs Office at (512) 782-5620 or
The mission of the Texas Military Forces (TXMF) is to provide the Governor and the President with ready and trained forces in support of the citizens of Texas and State and Federal civil/military authorities at home and abroad.
The Texas Military Forces are commanded by the Adjutant General of Texas, the state's senior military official appointed by the governor, and is comprised of the Texas Military Department (formerly the Adjutant General's Department), the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), the Texas Air National Guard (TXANG), the Texas State Guard (TXSG) and the Domestic Operations Command (DOMOPS).


Texas Military Forces Public Affairs
P.O. Box 5218, Building 10
Camp Mabry (Austin), Texas 78703
Phone: 512-782-5620