SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The body of an Army sergeant from Utah who died in Afghanistan has arrived back to the United States.
A casket carrying the body of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins arrived Tuesday to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. An Army team carried the casket draped in an American flag from the plane to a van, standing in salute as the doors closed.
The U.S. Army says the 31-year-old died from noncombat injuries Sunday. Robbins was from Ogden, Utah, and was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson, Colorado.
His mother Adrienne Robbins told ABC4 News in Salt Lake City that her son was “always excellent.” During Green Beret school he was nominated as a top student both by his peers and his teachers.
He joined the military after high school and comes from a family with many military members. He is survived by his wife and baby boy.
Funeral plans are unknown.