FORT HOOD, TX – Military officials have announced that the body of a United States Army soldier was found behind his barracks Saturday.
The soldier, identified as 26-year-old Specialist Maxwell Hockin, was a combat engineer assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. He enlisted in March 2017 and had been assigned to Fort Hood since July of the same year.
“The entire Saber [company] family is devastated by the loss of our true teammate and friend Specialist Maxwell Hockin,” Lt. Col. Patrick Sullivan, commander, 91st Engineer Battalion, said. “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.”
The U.S. Army identified a soldier found dead behind his company barracks at Fort Hood last week as 26-year-old Spc. Maxwell Hockin, the installation announced Wednesday. https://t.co/E2PpphVbGN
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An update to the statement released by the military said that although Hockin was found unresponsive, there is no foul play suspected in relation to his death, but it’s still being investigated.
There have been many soldier deaths at Fort Hood in the past few years that have been related to criminal activity, such as the Vanessa Guillen case in April of 2020.
In December, the Fort also saw 14 senior military leaders disciplined- fired or suspended- due to a large number of violent complaints, including sexual assaults, with little investigation.
At the time, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said, “I am gravely disappointed that leaders failed to effectively create a climate that treated all soldiers with dignity and respect and have failed to reinforce everyone’s obligation to prevent and properly respond to allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault.”