Army Conducting Death Investigation for Appleton Soldier

10/4/11 – The Army Reserve has confirmed that it’s investigating the death of an Appleton soldier in Afghanistan. 25-year-old Staff Sergeant Garrick Eppinger Junior was shot, and he died on September 17th. His family said Garrick was shot at the Bagram Airbase, where he worked in a desk job as a supply specialist for a munitions team. Lieutenant Colonel Ernest Gurtowsky said he had no information on how Eppinger died – but he did confirm he was shot. Gurtowsky said the inquiry would take a couple months to finish. Eppinger was with the Reserve’s 395th Ordnance Company that’s based in Appleton. His funeral was held this past Saturday with full military honors.