VAN LEAR, Ky. (AP) — A 21-year-old soldier from eastern Kentucky who died in Afghanistan is being remembered by his former educators as bright and giving.
The Defense Department said Pfc. Joshua A. Gray of Van Lear died Monday at Bagram Airfield from a noncombat incident. His death is under investigation.
Gray was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Fort Drum said Gray was a satellite communications system operator maintainer.
Educators at Johnson Central High School, where he graduated from in 2011, told The Independent (http://bit.ly/1bPccY8) that Gray was very intelligent and enjoyed helping others.
"Josh was a very high-end student. He was an amazing kid," said John Robinson, who was Gray's information technology instructor.
"He was very super smart. He was always looking something up. He always had this thirst for knowledge — computers, math, science and technology. He was always more than willing to do work. He often came to me with questions ... or answers," Robinson said.
Tim Adams, district director of operations for Johnson County schools, said he knew Gray as a member of the high school's academic team and said he would sometimes skip practice to tutor other students.
"Josh was an exceptionally bright young man. He just had that air about him that he attracted people to him," he said. "He was a very giving young man."
Teacher Amiee Cantrell-Webb said he was "a brilliant, well-loved guy."
Information from: The Independent, http://www.dailyindependent.com