Pfc. Brian Patrick Odiorne

A Fort Hood soldier died Monday in Iraq during a noncombat related incident, the Department of Defense announced Tuesday.

Pfc. Brian. P. Odiorne, 21, of Ware, Mass., died in Al Anbar Province. He entered active-duty military service in October 2015 as a cannon crew member.

The incident is under investigation.

The Daily Herald requested information on whether the death was related to a vehicle accident, but Fort Hood officials said no further information will be released now because of an ongoing investigation.

Odiorne was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood. Odiorne and about 4,000 other 3rd Brigade soldiers recently deployed from Fort Hood to Kuwait in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

The brigade’s mission is to support regional partners with operational missions, military exercises and theater security in the Middle East.

The brigade also is tasked with deter adversaries from negatively influencing the region, Brigade Commander Col. John Woodward said during a Thursday color casing ceremony at Fort Hood.

Odiorne was a student at Pathfinder Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, Mass., and graduated in 2014. He studied machine learning, according to his Facebook page, and was a member of the wrestling team, according to MassLive.com.

Remarks left by loved ones on his Facebook page described him as an older brother figure and a caring grandson.

“Brian made me who I am today, he broke me out of my shell, and helped me be more confident and outgoing,” Molly Przybyla wrote.

Odiorne’s awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Medal. He will be posthumously awarded the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon.

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