Whitehouse High School graduate killed in Afghanistan

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 11:13am

The Department of Defense announced on Friday the death of a soldier with East Texas ties.

According to a press release, Staff Sgt. Nelson D. Trent, 37, of Austin, died on Thursday, December 13th, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in a roadside bomb attack while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised exposive device.

Trent had been assigned to the 56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division, in Fort Worth.

Prior to deploying, Trent was a communications noncommissioned officer assigned to Joint Task Force
71, a National Guard homeland response force, headquartered in Austin.

Trent entered the Texas Army National Guard in June 2006 as a signal support systems specialist, following service on active-duty with the U.S. Army. He previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Tren't awards and decorations include the Army Combat Action Badge, six Army Commendation medals, and three Army Achievement medals.

According to Trent's Facebook page, he attended Whitehouse High School, where he graduated in 1993.

He was currently living in Round Rock, TX, and was married, with two children.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sgt. Trent's family and friends," said Major General 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."

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