Pfc. Brian. P. Odiorne

Pfc. Brian. P. Odiorne

The cause of death for a Fort Hood soldier who died Feb. 20 in Iraq during a noncombat related incident was released on Tuesday.

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

The death investigation conducted by special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command has been completed and notifications have been made, according to Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Christopher Grey.

“The investigation concluded that the death was a suicide. Our investigation came to the same conclusion as the Armed Forces Medical Examiner’s autopsy, which also ruled the manner of death as suicide,” he said.

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 deterring adversaries from negatively influencing the region, Brigade Commander Col. John Woodward said during a Thursday color casing ceremony at Fort Hood.

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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