FORT HOOD, Texas (KTRK) — US Army officials in Fort Hood have identified a soldier who was found dead behind the company barracks on Saturday.
26-year-old Maxwell Hockin was discovered unresponsive on 9 October, though it is not yet clear what caused his death, Special Officials said in a statement.
Hockin was assigned to the 91st Engineer Battalion and has been stationed at the central Texas outpost since July 2017.
“The entire Saber family has been devastated by the loss of our true teammate and friend, Specialist Maxwell Hockin,” Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Sullivan, Commander of the 91st Engineer Battalion, said in a statement provided by the Army. “He had an outstanding work ethic, was a mentor to his colleagues and was always willing to help the team. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Maxwell’s family at this difficult time.”
The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command is investigating what happened to Hockin.
Since joining the Army as a combat engineer in March 2017, Hockin has received a number of awards and decorations, including the Army Good Conduct medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Lane.
The 91st Engineering Battalion is part of the Fort Hood-based 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
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Fort Hood, outside of Killeen, is one of the largest military installations in the United States, with an estimated 65,000 soldiers and family members attached to a dozen units, divisions, and administrative sectors.