Oklahoma Army National Guard officer, 2nd Lieutenant Joe L. Cunningham from Kingston, Oklahoma, died in Laghman province on 13th August 2011 from injuries injuries sustained in what the military call a non-combat related incident.
27-year-old 2Lt. Cunningham served with the 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment and was commissioned last year. He had previously served in Iraq in 2005 and 2006. He enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard two months after the 9/11 attack.
Lt. Col. Max Moss of the Oklahoma Army National Guard said about 2Lt. Cunningham: “After earning the rank of sergeant and demonstrating outstanding character and leadership potential, he was selected to attend Officer Candidate School. He will be greatly missed by all of us in uniform that knew him and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they cope with his loss,”
2Lt. Cunningham's awards include the Iraq Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Army Achievement Medal.