Fort Hood Army Pfc. Brian Odiorne Died from a Non-Combat Related Incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq; Under Investigation (2017)

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Pfc. Brian Odiorne, US Army

Pfc. Brian Odiorne, 21, US Army, died from a non-combat related incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq on February 20, 2017. Pfc. Odiorne’s home of record is listed as Ware, Massachusetts and he joined the Army in October 2015. Pfc. Odiorne was a cannon crewmember supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. The incident is under investigation.

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Fort Hood Soldier Pfc. Randal Anderson, US Army, Died of Apparent Gunshot Wound in Killeen, Texas; Under Investigation (2017)

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Pfc. Randal Anderson, US Army

Pfc. Randal Anderson, 22, US Army, was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound in Killeen, Texas on January 2, 2017. Pfc. Anderson’s home of record is listed as Sutter Creek, California and he joined the Army in February 2015. Pfc. Anderson was an M1 armor crewman assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood. Circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

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Fort Hood 2nd Lt. Andrew Hunt, US Army, Found Unresponsive at On-Post Residence; CID Reports Incident Under Investigation (2016)

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2nd Lt. Andrew Hunt, US Army

2nd Lt. Andrew Hunt, 23, US Army, was found unresponsive at his Fort Hood residence  and shortly after was pronounced dead at the Texas installation’s medical center on September 13, 2016. 2nd Lt. Hunt was assigned as the Assistant Squadron S3 to the HHT, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood for one month before he died. The Army Criminal Investigation Division reported the circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation.

Andrew graduated from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in 2011. He then was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he actively served as a Color Guard member, finishing as the Cadet Color Captain during his senior year. Andrew graduated and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on May 23, 2015 with a B.S. in English. After graduating, 2LT Hunt completed Armor Basic Officer Leadership Course (ABOLC), Army Reconnaissance Course (ARC), Bradley Leader Course (BLC), and Advanced Situational Awareness Training (ASA) at Ft. Benning, GA. Following these courses, 2LT Hunt was assigned to HHT, 6th Squadron, 9th US Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division and served as the Assistant Squadron S3. He earned an Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon. –Obituary

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Spc. Dion Servant, US Army, Found Dead in Barracks at Fort Hood, Texas (2016)

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Spc. Dion Servant, US Army

Spc. Dion Servant, 24, US Army, was found dead in the barracks at Fort Hood, Texas on August 19, 2016. Spc. Servant’s home of record is listed as Maywood, Illinois and he entered military service in June 2014. He was a petroleum supply specialist assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. At the time of his death, military officials indicated they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death. The official cause of death is unknown.

“His found his little niche in life, and that was military.” She says her nephew loved the military so much he was going to re-enlist. “He was planning on signing up because he told us that. He was just home in July, and he told me that personally that that’s what he was going to do,” Barbara Servant says. –CBS Chicago

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Fort Hood Soldier SSG Steven Lewis, US Army, Died of Self Inflicted Wound at Off-Post Residence in Killeen, Texas (2016)

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Staff Sgt. Steven Lewis, US Army

Staff Sgt. Steven Lewis, 33, US Army, was found dead in his off-post residence in Killeen, Texas on March 22, 2016. According to reports, the Killeen police department said Lewis’ wound was self-inflicted. He was working as an intelligence specialist and assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood. Lewis deployed to Iraq twice from November 2008 to September 2009 and again from December 2010 to October 2011. His home of record was Tulare, California. He first joined the Navy in 2002 and later joined the Army in 2007; he had been stationed at Fort Hood since 2013.

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Former Fort Hood Commander Col. Andrew Poznick, US Army, Found Dead at Off-Post Residence Near Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania (2016)

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Col. Andrew Poznick

Former Fort Hood Battalion Commander Col. Andrew Poznick was found dead at his off-post residence near Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania on March 20, 2016. Col. Poznick was scheduled to join the faculty at the Army War College. Col. Poznick was born on the Fort Bragg, North Carolina post and was considered an Army brat. He himself joined the Army in 1993 as an infantry officer after graduating from Auburn University in Alabama. At Fort Hood, Col. Poznick commanded the 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom twice, once in 2006 and again in 2011, where he commanded the last combat troops to exit Iraq on December 18, 2011.

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Spc Mikayla Bragg Non Combat Death in Afghanistan Ruled Suicide, Army Report Suggests Better Procedures for Transferring Personnel Data to Deployed Locations (2011)

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Spc Mikayla Bragg, US Army

Army Specialist Mikayla Bragg died of a non combat death in Khowst province, Afghanistan on December 21, 2011. Spc. Bragg was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom on behalf of the 201st Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division in Fort Knox, Kentucky. The Army ruled that Spc. Bragg’s cause of death was suicide. After an investigation it was revealed that commanders at Fort Knox failed to properly track Spc. Bragg as a “high-risk” soldier who could potentially hurt herself or others before she was cleared to deploy to Afghanistan. The Army investigators also made three recommendations in the report.

  1. Mental-health providers stateside should share more information about high-risk soldiers with mental-health providers in war zones. Camp Salerno’s behavioral-health officer said she had been unable to get mental-health records for Bragg because of privacy laws.
  2. Commanders should develop better procedures to ensure personnel data is not lost while transferring soldiers between units.
  3. No soldier, regardless of gender, should be stationed in a guard tower alone.

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SSG Lakeshia Bailey, US Army, Died of Injuries Sustained in a Vehicle Roll-Over North of Al Kut, Iraq (2010)

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SSG Lakeshia Bailey, US Army

SSG Lakeshia Bailey, US Army, died of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over on March 8, 2010 north of Al Kut, Iraq. She was one of two soldiers who lost their lives in the vehicle accident; Army Sgt. Aaron Arthur was also listed as a casualty. They were both supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, attached to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning in Georgia.

“She always wanted to go into the military because my husband was in the military,” said her mother, Phyllis Bailey. “He was in for 24 years and retired so she wanted to follow dad. She was a military brat.” ~Ledger-Enquirer

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Sgt. Aaron Arthur, US Army, Died of Injuries Sustained in a Vehicle Roll-Over North of Al Kut, Iraq (2010)

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Sgt. Aaron Arthur, US Army

Sgt. Aaron Arthur, US Army, died of injuries sustained during a vehicle roll-over on March 8th, 2010 north of Al Kut, Iraq. He was one of two soldiers who lost their lives in the vehicle accident; Army SSG Lakeshia Bailey was also listed as a casualty. They were both supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the 203rd Brigade Support Battalion, attached to the 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning in Georgia.

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Army Paratrooper Sgt Matthew Rhoads Found Dead in On-Post Residence at Fort Bragg (2008)

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Sgt. Matthew Rhoads, US Army

Army paratrooper Sgt. Matthew Rhoads, 29, was found dead March 2, 2008 in his on-post residence at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Investigators did not suspect foul play and indicated an autopsy was conducted. Rhoads was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division in October 2004 and became a small-arms master gunner assigned to the division’s 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg.

“Sgt. Rhoads, 29, of Kensington, survived seven months of combat in Iraq but was found dead Sunday at his residence near Fort Bragg, N.C.” -Philly.com

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