Sgt. Edward Bolen of Chittenango was married about a month before his recent deployment overseas. His family was notified of his death on Thursday.
Details of Bolen's death haven't been released by the Department of Defense, but family members said he was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
Bolen's body arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware early Friday morning.
Bolen was a 2003 graduate of Chittenango High School in Madison County 15 miles east of Syracuse.