SPRING CITY, Utah — A fallen soldier is returning home Thursday, accompanied by members of the 19th Special Forces Group of the Utah National Guard, of which he was a member.
A Dignified Transfer of the remains of Staff Sgt. P. Lincoln Olmstead is be conducted by members of Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Utah National Guard, at the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Olmstead died Sept. 23 while participating in training exercises in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Officials said Olmstead said he was taking part in a surface swim when he failed to resurface.
Members of Olmstead's team escorted Olmstead back to Utah so he could be buried in his hometown of Spring City.
"We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of love and support to Lincoln’s family, friends and teammates during this difficult time," said Maj. Gen. Michael Turley, Adjutant General, Utah National Guard.
"We understand the public’s desire to participate or observe the proceedings, but ask that we all respect the family’s desire for privacy while they mourn their great loss."
Olmstead will be buried in a ceremony at the Spring City Cemetery, which will include military honors.