Regional
5:41 pm
Thu February 10, 2011

White Sands Soldier Dies In Afghanistan

Las Cruces – A White Sands Missile Range Soldier supporting Operation Enduring Freedom died Feb. 8. Spec. Nathan B. Carse, 32, of Harrod, Ohio, died in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 2nd Engineer Battalion, 176th Engineer Brigade.

Carse, of Harrod, Ohio, was a Combat Engineer who came on active duty with the Army in February 2010. Before coming to WSMR, he completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He deployed to Afghanistan in September.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal. He will be posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, a Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

His civilian education included a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences from Capital University in Bexley, Ohio, and a master's degree in civil engineering from Louisiana State University.

Carse is survived by his mother and two sisters.

A local memorial ceremony in honor of this fallen Soldier will be coordinated and announced at a later date.