ONE young soldier found dead at Fort Hood has been identified but his cause of death remains hidden.
The U.S. Army said Saturday that a soldier was found dead in the company’s barracks, but did not identify the soldier. On Wednesday, the Army identified the victim as 26-year-old Maxwell Hockin. The incident is still under investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division.
“The entire Saber family is devastated by the loss of our true teammate and friend, Sp. Maxwell Hockin,” said Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Sullivan of the 91st Engineering Battalion in a statement to the Austin American-Statesman.
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Hockin was found unresponsive to his sentry on Saturday and declared dead shortly after. Fort Hood executives stated they would not release information on the cause of death due to the open investigation, the outlet reported.
“[Hockin] had an excellent work ethic, was a mentor to his peers and was always willing to help the team, “Sullivan said. He will really be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Maxwell’s family during this difficult time. “
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Hockin had previously been assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Hockin originally joined the Army as a combat engineer in March 2017 and served as part of the 91st Engineering Battalion at Fort Hood since July 2017.
Hockin earned several awards in the military, including the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
Fort Hood gained national attention in the spring of 2020 when Vanessa Guillen, a soldier at the base, was found dead after she had previously told her family that she was being harassed and intimidated by fellow soldier Aaron Robinson. Local authorities believe Guillen was killed at her post by Robinson, who later took his own life. The fort unveiled a memorial to Guillen on the anniversary of the soldier’s death.
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Original author: Christopher Hutton
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