The Army is investigating after the soldier, 26, was found dead at Fort Hood barracks

The USA army has launched an investigation after a 26-year-old soldier was found dead behind his barracks vid a Texas military base.

The body of specialist Maxwell Hockin, 26, was found in his business area at Fort Hood, according to military officials.

He was assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He joined the army in March 2017 as a combat engineer.

Specialist Hockin had been at Fort Hood since July 2017, when he was assigned to the 91st Engineering Battalion.

“The entire Saber family is devastated by the loss of our true teammate and friend specialist Maxwell Hockin,” said Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Sullivan, commander of the 91st Engineer Battalion, in a statement.

“He had an outstanding work ethic, was a mentor to his teammates and was always willing to help the team. He will really be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Maxwell’s family during this difficult time. ”

Officials have not released the cause of death and it is being investigated by the US Army Criminal Investigation Command.

It is the latest in a series of incidents that have hit the base in recent years.

Last week, it was alerted to missing Pfc Jennifer Sewell who failed to show up for duty before he was found with his extended family.

Fort Hood is the same base where Vanessa Guillen was assassinated in April 2020.

Specialist Guillen, 20, was killed with a hammer in a weapons room and was missing for months before her remains were found along the state’s Leon River.

The main suspect in the case, specialist Aaron Robinson, took his own life when he was confronted by the police after her discovery.

The case highlighted the handling of sexual harassment at the base, as she had told her family that she had been harassed by a senior officer.

In December 2020, the army fired or suspended 14 top leaders and recruited staff at the base after an independent review of the culture and command climate there.

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