Hunt was an infantryman who reenlisted in the middle of the Iraq desert on his 21st birthday. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

The Tillman, Okla.-native served in the division’s honor guard the spring before he died, helping to welcome and bid farewell to every returning or deploying soldier.

Hunt got married in August and was preparing to move his wife and their three children, Silver, Trinity and Tristan, to the Fort Hood area from Oklahoma. That move would have happened in late November, said the battalion’s rear detachment commander.

Hunt was a quiet, reserved guy who didn’t mince words and got right to the point. He was a reliable veteran, the commander said, the type who served, came back and was ready to go again. Hunt was 22 at the time of his death.

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