Why Have So Many Fort Hood Army Soldiers Died Stateside in the Last Year?

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Fort Hood, U.S. Army

  • 47 deaths at Fort Hood since 1/16
  • 4 insider attacks in Afghanistan
  • 1 non combat death in Iraq
  • 42 stateside non combat deaths
    • 10 found dead on post
    • 16 found dead off post
    • 10 died in training accidents
    • 2 died from medical issues
    • 2 died in motorcycle accidents
    • 2 died in automobile accidents

I have been working in real time in an effort to collect the information of the soldiers we have lost stateside and overseas for a project I am working on. I started these efforts quite a few years ago but am now just pulling things together by base. Fort Hood has come up in research enough to warrant investigation into a problem with untimely deaths in the form of training accidents, vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, suicide, violent crime, non combat death, insider attacks, and unknown causes of death. I noticed a large spike in soldier death in November 2016 when we learned that four soldiers died stateside at Fort Hood and two died in a suicide bombing on a protected base in Afghanistan at the start of a Veteran Day fun run. Allan Brown eventually succumbed to his injuries from the blast in December 2016. And because I track military crime and suspicious death cases both stateside and overseas, I observe far more death when looking at the big picture.

I kept up with November 2016 and honored the service members we lost that month. Since then, we have lost at least seven more Fort Hood soldiers which is why I created this post. There has been an unusually high cluster of deaths at one base in the last year. The Army has announced they are going to probe the unusually high death counts but like most things, the report will come back with some canned response to protect the Chain of Command. We want to protect all the soldiers by doing our own probe. After doing a google search ‘Soldier Found Dead Fort Hood’ I learned that 2016 was a tough year for the base in general. I want to acknowledge the families who have lost their loved ones. I want to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the soldiers who have died. I want to acknowledge the soldiers who were impacted by the untimely deaths of their fellow soldiers. It can’t be easy for a post to lose one soldier, let alone several.

January 2016
1/3: Devin Schuette, 35, US Army (found dead on post)
1/16: Troy Wayman, 45, US Army (officer found dead off post)

March 2016
3/6: Sean Van Der Wal, 25, US Army (fatal auto accident)
3/14: Brian Reed, 40, US Army (found dead w/ gunshot wound off post)
3/20: Andrew Poznick, 45, US Army (officer found dead in Pennsylvania)
3/22: Steven Lewis, 33, US Army (died of self-inflicted wound off post)

May 2016
5/1: John Stobbe, 31, US Army (found dead off post)
5/23: Marcus Nelson, 45, US Army (died while in custody at local jail)

June 2016
6/2: Christine Armstrong, 27, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Brandon Banner, 22, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Miguel Colonvazquez, 38, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Isaac Deleon, 19, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Zachary Fuller, 23, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Eddy Gates, 20, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Tysheena James, 21, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Yingming Sun, 25, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Mitchell Winey, 21, US Military Academy (died in flood training incident)
6/6: Bernardino Guevara Jr., 21, US Army (died of gunshot wound on post)
6/5: Antino Glass, 34, US Army (fatal motorcycle accident)
6/10: Duane Shaw, 34, US Army (found dead off post)

July 2016
7/12: Alexander Johnson, 21, US Army (found dead on post)

August 2016
8/4: Calvin Aguilar, 32, US Army (found dead off post)
8/19: Dion Servant, 24, US Army (found dead on post)

September 2016
9/9: Stacy Hardy, 20, US Army (fatal motorcycle accident)
9/13: Andrew Hunt, 23, US Army (officer found dead at on post residence)
9/17: Nathan Berg, 20, US Army (died of gunshot wound off post)

October 2016
10/7: Bradley Acker, 25, US Army (death was self-inflicted at off post residence)
10/15: Douglas Bailey, 24, US Army (found dead at off post residence)
10/20: Douglas Riney, 26, US Army (ambushed by lone gunman in Afghanistan Army uniform)

November 2016
11/3: Dakota Stump, 19, US Army (found dead on post after went missing)
11/12: Tyler Iubelt, 20, US Army (suicide Bomber on base, Afghanistan)
11/12: John Perry, 30, US Army (suicide Bomber on base, Afghanistan)
11/10: Daniel Monibe, 32, US Army (died of illness off post)
11/16: Kevin Paulino, 24, US Army (died of self-inflicted gunshot wound in Indiana)
11/18: Korey James, 21, US Army (found dead at off post residence)
11/26: Wanya Bruns, 20, US Army (died of gunshot wound off-post)

December 2016
12/6: Allan Brown, 46, US Army (suicide Bomber on base, Afghanistan)
12/24: Paige Briles, 21, US Army (found dead at on post residence)

January 2017
1/1: Kai Yancey, 26, US Army (died of medical illness)
1/2: Randal Anderson, 22, US Army (died of gunshot wound off-post)
1/7: Barron Von Reichelt, 24, US Army (fatal auto accident)
1/11: Alex Taylor, 23, US Army (found dead on post)
1/12: Zackary Partin, 24, US Army (found dead at on post residence)

February 2017
2/5: Stephen Hines, 29, US Army (CID Agent found dead behind building)
2/6: Christie Anderson, 44, US Army (found dead at off post residence)
2/17: Michael Garcia, 29, US Army (died in vehicle training accident)
2/21: Brian Odiorne, 21, US Army (non combat related incident, Iraq)

Learn more:
Honoring the U.S. Service Members Who Died in November 2016
Violent Crime, Suicide, and Non Combat Death at Fort Hood, Texas (US Army)
Military Policy and Legislation Considerations for the Investigations of Non Combat Death, Homicide, and Suicide of US Service Members
Soldier standoffs: Police, community respond to scars of war

Private Paige Briles Found Dead at On-Post Residence on Fort Hood in Texas, Incident Under Investigation by Army Criminal Investigation Division (2016)

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Pvt. Paige Briles, US Army

Army Private Paige Briles, 21, was found unresponsive at her on post residence at Fort Hood in Texas on Christmas eve, December 24, 2016. Private Briles is from Kaplin, Louisiana and joined the Army in February 2015. She was assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center since November 2016. The incident is under investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID).

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Devon Faulkner, US Navy, Died of a Non Combat-Related Injury While Underway on the USS Wasp in the Mediterranean Sea (2016)

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Devon Faulkner, US Navy

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Devon Faulkner, US Navy, died of a non combat related injury while underway on September 20, 2016. Devon Faulkner was supporting Operation Odyssey Lightning on behalf of the USS Wasp (LHD 1) forward deployed in the central Mediterranean Sea. According to the Department of Defense, the incident is under investigation.

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Fort Hood Soldier Pvt. Nathan Berg, US Army, Died of an Apparent Gunshot Wound in Killeen, Texas; Local Authorities Investigating (2016)

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Pvt. Nathan Berg, US Army

Pvt. Nathan Berg, 20, US Army, died of an apparent gunshot wound in Killeen, Texas on September 17, 2016. Pvt. Berg’s home of record is listed as Bellevue, Nebraska and he entered military service in May 2016. Pvt. Berg was a combat engineer assigned to the Reception Detachment, United States Army Garrison at Fort Hood. According to a Fort Hood press release, the circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation by the Killeen Police Department.

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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 Military Police Sgt. Calvin Aguilar, US Army, Found Dead in Copperas Cove, Texas (2016)

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Sgt. Calvin Aguilar, US Army

Sgt. Calvin Aguilar, 32, US Army, was found dead in Copperas Cove, Texas on August 4, 2016. Sgt. Aguilar’s home of record is listed as Hayward, California and he joined the Army in October 2006. Sgt. Aguilar was a working dog handler assigned to the 720th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade at Fort Hood. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from December 2007 to March 2009 and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan from January 2012 to January 2013. He was married with one daughter and the proud owner of Nico, a military working dog he was reunited with. At the time of the Fort Hood press release, the circumstances surrounding the incident were under investigation.

Sgt. Aguilar was the kind of person you can only hope to encounter once in your life. He wore many hats: brother, friend, counselor, drinking buddy, designated driver, wingman, jokester. He was the calming presence in the midst of chaos. He had a sixth sense about it: he knew when you were off your game and he would do anything in his power to make you right again. –Obituary

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Obituary: Sgt. Calvin W. Aguilar
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“Retiring MWD Nico P432 (U.S. Army) is reunited with battle buddy SGT. Calvin Aguilar. After serving together in Afghanistan, they were apart for one year. Aguilar adopted Nico, and Mission K9 Rescue raised the funds for Nico to be shipped from Weisbaden, Germany to Texas.”

Camp Casey Army Sgt. Jacqueline Anderson Found Dead by Husband in Seoul, South Korea Apartment, Cause of Death is Under Investigation by Criminal Investigation Division (2016)

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Sgt. Jacqueline Anderson, US Army

Army Sgt. Jacqueline Anderson, 26, was found dead in her apartment in Seoul, South Korea on July 31, 2016. Sgt. Anderson’s husband, Sgt. Carl Anderson, found her unresponsive and asked neighbors to contact the police but she was dead upon their arrival. Sgt. Anderson was from Leesville, Louisiana and she joined the Army in January 2011. She was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 38th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Field Artillery Brigade at Camp Casey, South Korea. She was stationed in Dongducheon with her husband who is also with the 210th Field Artillery Brigade. Jacqueline’s cause of death is under investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID).

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US Army Soldier Spc. Alexander Johnson Found Dead Near Fort Hood Belton Lake Recreation Area, Texas (2016)

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Spc. Alexander Johnson, US Army

Spc. Alexander Johnson, 21, US Army, was found dead near the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreational Area’s paintball court at Fort Hood on July 12, 2016. Spc. Johnson’s home of record is listed as Mulberry, Florida and he entered military service in July 2013. Spc. Johnson was an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter repairer assigned to the 615th Aviation Support Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood. At the time of Spc. Johnson’s death, Fort Hood officials indicated the incident was under investigation. The circumstances surrounding his death and official cause of death are unknown.

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Fort Hood Soldier Sgt. John Stobbe, US Army, Found Dead at Off-Post Residence in Killeen, Texas (2016)

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Sgt. John Stobbe, US Army

Sgt. John ‘Drew’ Stobbe, 31, US Army, was found dead at his off-post residence on May 1, 2016 in Killeen, Texas. At the time of reporting, the Army indicated the incident was under investigation. Sgt. Stobbe’s home of record is listed as Beaverton, Oregon; he joined the Army in September 2004. Sgt. Stobbe was an M1 armor crewman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood. He deployed three times to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn: December 2005 to November 2006, June 2008 to May 2009, and September 2010 to August 2011.

He was a proud and capable Sergeant in the US Army, serving his country for over 11 years. Trained as a tanker, Drew loved the power and maneuverability of the M1-A2 Abrams tanks. He was a skillful instructor and respected leader of his crews. His service included three tours in Iraq and foreign posts in Germany and South Korea. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas at the time of his death. His abrupt and unforeseen death will not define Drew’s life or memory. While he left us all too early for reasons that elude our understanding, he knows the peace and love of our savior, Jesus Christ. In a very real sense, Drew was always ‘public property’ a child, boy, and man who loved all and was beloved by all. –Obituary

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