Spc. Maxwell Hockin

Army Basic Training photo of Spc. Maxwell Hockin

Fort Hood officials are investigating the death of a soldier over the weekend.

Spc. Maxwell Hockin, 26, was found deceased behind his barracks on Oct. 9, Fort Hood officials said in a news release.

Hockin was assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, entered the Army in March 2017 as a combat engineer. Hockin had been assigned to the 91st Engineer Battalion since July 2017.

Hockin’s awards and decorations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

“The entire Saber family is devastated by the loss of our true teammate and friend Specialist Maxwell Hockin,” said Lt. Col. Patrick Sullivan, commander, 91st Engineer Battalion. “He had an outstanding work ethic, was a mentor to his peers, and was always willing to help out the team. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and our prayers are with Maxwell’s family during this difficult time.”

Fort Hood issued a news release Tuesday evening.

A Fort Hood soldier with the “1st Cavalry Division was found unresponsive behind his company barracks Oct. 9,” according to a news release posted to Fort Hood’s website Tuesday night.

The headline for the news release said the soldier was found “deceased” behind the barracks. Foul play is not suspected in the death, a 1st Cavalry Division spokeswoman said Wednesday morning. 

The incident is under investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, Fort Hood officials said in an updated news release Wednesday morning.

No further information will be released, Fort Hood officials said.

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