A former Fort Hood battalion commander who led 1st Cavalry Division troopers in Iraq during the final months of the Iraq War has died, an Army official confirmed Wednesday.
Col. Andrew Poznick was found dead Sunday at his off-post residence near Carlisle Barracks, Pa., where he was scheduled to soon join the faculty at the Army War College, said Carol Kerr, a spokeswoman for the graduate school that focuses on strategy for its military and civilian students.
“He was going to join the faculty this summer,” said Kerr, adding Poznick was currently pursuing a doctorate at Temple University in Philadelphia as part of an elite Army education program.
Calls to the public information officer at Carlisle Police Department to determine the cause of Poznick’s death were not immediately returned.
At Fort Hood, Poznick commanded 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and deployed with the battalion to Iraq in February 2011, returning in December of that year. Poznick, who had deployed to Iraq previously, and his soldiers were among the last U.S. troops to leave Iraq after more than eight years of war there. The final American troops left the country on Dec. 18, 2011.
“It provided me and a lot of soldiers with closure,” Poznick said when he returned to Fort Hood on Dec. 14, 2011.
“I’m glad our soldiers accomplished what we set out to do.”
Poznick joined the Army in 1993 as an infantry officer after graduating from the Auburn University in Alabama. His Army awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and Bronze Star.
Kerr said a memorial is planned for Poznick on Monday at Carlisle Barracks’ Memorial Chapel.