Army investigating death of Special Forces soldier in Africa

Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Allan Bannister (Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home)

The Army is investigating the death of a Special Forces soldier who was deployed in Africa.

Sgt. 1st Class Zachary Allan Bannister was found dead on the morning of Oct. 17 in Kenya, according to the 3rd Special Forces Group.

Bannister, 33, was assigned to Fort Bragg but was deployed as part of a training mission, according to Fayobserver.

He joined the Army at the age of 26 to become a Green Beret after serving in the Marine Corps as an aircraft rescue firefighter.

He deployed to Afghanistan twice during his 14 year career in the military, according to his family.

He earned three Bronze Star medals, including one with valor, the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and numerous other unit and personal decorations.

The Ohio native is survived by his wife, Lindsay, and parents, Scott and Kimberly Bannister of Portsmouth, Virginia.

He is scheduled to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.

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