A soldier stationed at Fort Hood, Texas was found dead over the weekend behind a barracks, according to local media reports, adding to the rash of deaths and disappearances of soldiers assigned to the embattled military post.
A soldier stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, was found dead over the weekend behind a barracks, according to local media reports, adding to the rash of deaths and disappearances of soldiers assigned to the embattled military post.
The soldier was found unresponsive on Saturday and was later pronounced dead. The death is under investigation. The soldier was not identified, but the news outlet reported they were assigned to the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division.
A 26-year-old Fort Hood soldier was found dead Saturday behind his barracks, according to military officials.
The soldier was identified as Spc. Maxwell Hockin, who was assigned to 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He entered the Army in March 2017 as a combat engineer, Fort Hood officials said Wednesday.
Hockin had been at the Texas base since July 2017, where he was assigned to the 91st Engineer Battalion.
“The entire Saber family is devastated by the loss of our true teammate and friend Specialist Maxwell Hockin,” Lt. Col. Patrick Sullivan, commander, 91st Engineer Battalion, said in a statement Wednesday. “He had an outstanding work ethic, was a mentor to his peers, and was always willing to help out the team. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and our prayers are with Maxwell’s family during this difficult time.”
Hockin’s awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon, officials said.
The incident is under investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command.
News of the deceased service member comes as the military installation is grappling with dozens of deaths and disappearances involving a number of service members assigned to the base in recent years, which is located just outside Killeen, Texas
A missing Fort Hood soldier was recently found safe after failing to report for duty on Oct. 7, the Army said. Pfc. Jennifer Sewell, who is assigned to the 3d Cavalry Regiment, returned to Texas on Tuesday after her family told Army officials over the weekend that she was safe.
Most notably, Spc. Vanessa Guillen vanished in April 2020 and was later found dead. She was bludgeoned to death with a hammer and then dismembered, authorities said. When authorities tried to arrest the suspected killer, Spc. Aaron Robinson, he took his own life.
Her death spurred an investigation into Fort Hood’s command culture and the pattern of sexual assault, harassment and suicides at the military installation. A number of commanders and lower-level leaders were relieved or suspended as a result of the probe.
Last week, base officials unveiled the People First Center, which will provide resources to soldiers who are victims of sexual assault or are thinking about suicide.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).