A Fort Hood soldier who died in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve is being remembered as a devoted father and husband who wanted to fight for his country.
The Department of Defense identified the soldier on Tuesday night as 24-year-old Spc. Javion Shavonte Sullivan.
The Department of Defense confirmed Sullivan died in a non-combat related incident in Al Anbar Province, Iraq on Jan. 8 while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is still under investigation.
Sullivan was from Fort Mill, South Carolina, and entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a cable systems installer-maintainer, according to Fort Hood.
Sullivan was assigned to the 16th Signal Company, 11th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, Fort Hood, since September 2016.
Sullivan had been involved in a group text with multiple family members on Sunday and the news on Monday came as quite the shock to the family, Neeka Henderson, Jay’s sister-in-law, told Fox Carolina, a TV station, on Tuesday.
He leaves behind a wife, Rayven, and 3-year-old daughter, Mahogany. Rayven and Javion had been together since they were 13-years-old.
He wanted to "make a better life for his family, fight for his country. It was just something he wanted to do,” his Aunt Patricia Hackett said to Fox Carolina.