Army identifies infantryman found dead on southern border


The US military has identified the 7th Infantry Division soldier recently found dead in Arizona while assisting with the Pentagon’s efforts to support the US southern border mission.

Pfc. Steven Hodges, 20, of Menifee, Calif., was found deceased June 1 near Nogales, according to Lt. Col. Roger M. Cabiness II, spokesman for 7th ID at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Hodges enlisted in the Army in 2017 and has served as a grenadier with the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment since February 2018, Cabiness said.

“Every soldier in the Tomahawk Battalion is a vital member of our team; the loss of any soldier is deeply felt,” Lt. Col. Sean Lyons, commander of 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, said in a written statement.

“Private 1st Class Steven Hodges is sorely missed by his teammates and the entire Tomahawk family. Every soldier is a national treasure,” he added. “We are grateful to all the young men and women who volunteer to serve our nation. We are touched by the sacrifices their families continue to make on a daily basis. Steven and his family are in our prayers.”

The cause of death is under investigation, Cabiness said.

In addition to the Army investigation, Hodges’ death is being investigated by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI, as the federal territory where he was found falls under their jurisdiction. , according to Maj. Mark Lazane, spokesman for US Northern Command, which oversees the US Customs and Border Protection support mission along the southern border.

Hodges’ awards included the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

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