CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The body of a West Virginia service member returned to the Mountain State on Thursday, more than a week after he was killed in the line of duty.

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Allen Bolyard died on Sept. 3 following a security meeting at a military base in Afghanistan’s Logar Province.

The U.S. Department of Defense said the death was the result of an insider attack.

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Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy A. Bolyard

Bolyard was in his seventh tour of duty at the time. He was a six-time recipient of the Bronze Star.

“What you need to understand is the job that he was conducting was not a job that found him surrounded by large groups of soldiers,” state Sen. Richard Ojeda, D-Logan, said Tuesday on the Senate floor.

“I can guarantee you that when he was moving throughout the battlefield, it was probably himself, he had an officer with him, he had a mechanic with him and an interpreter. They were responsible for equipping, preparing and training Afghani police to protect himself for when the Taliban comes.”

Ojeda himself is a veteran of the military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Bolyard’s remains were transported to Taylor County. A viewing is scheduled for Sept. 18 between noon and 8 p.m. at the Donald G. Ford Funeral Home in Grafton. A funeral service will take place at the Message of Freedom Church the following day at noon.

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