The National Guard has confirmed a Kentucky soldier, stationed in Afghanistan, has been found dead in his quarters.
Sgt. Randolph A. Sigley, Jr. of Richmond, was found Sunday at Bagram Airbase where he was serving with the Kentucky Army National Guard's 2123rd Transportation Company. The cause of death has not been determined and is under investigation.
In a news release the national guard says, "the death of Sgt. Sigley is a tremendous loss to us all," said Capt. John Moore, commanding officer of Sigley's unit. "His professionalism, selfless service, and devotion was contagious to all who served with him. Randy was not only a great soldier but a fantastic human being who cared deeply for his fellow brothers and sisters in arms. He was a true patriot who loved his country, state, and unit."
"Sgt. Sigley's family is in our thoughts and prayers as we grieve his loss," said Moore. "He was a fine Soldier and a Kentuckian in the true pioneer spirit."
The Guard says Sigley has been a solider since 2006, having served for four years as a US Marine. He served a tour of duty in Afghanistan while a Marine.
"The entire Kentucky National Guard is saddened by the news of Sgt. Sigley's death," said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general for Kentucky. "We want recognize in particular Randy's family as they grieve for the loss of this wonderful son and brother. They are part of our Kentucky National Guard family and so we extend to them all of the assistance and support in our power."
Sigley is survived by his mother, Mrs. Rhonda L. Hardin, his stepfather, Alton A. Hardin and his sister, Kristin Mattingly. Funeral arrangements are pending.