Military confirms inquiry into Appleton soldier death

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Army Reserve confirms an investigation is under way into the death of an Appleton soldier in Afghanistan.

An Army Reserve spokesman tells The Post-Crescent that Staff Sgt. Garrick Eppinger Jr. was shot, as Eppinger’s family had previously disclosed.

But Lt. Col. Ernest Gurtowsky had no information about the circumstances of Eppinger’s death.

Gurtowsky says the inquiry is expected to take a couple months to complete.

The 25-year-old Eppinger died Sept. 17 while serving with the Army Reserve’s Appleton-based 395th Ordnance Company. His family says he was shot at Bagram Airbase, where he worked a desk job as a supply specialist for a munitions post

Eppinger’s funeral was held Saturday with full military honors.