National Guard Soldier dies in non-mission-related incident

Soldier was injured in Brackettville and died in a San Antonio hospital

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A Texas Army National Guard Soldier assigned to Operation Lone Star died in a non-mission-related incident on Monday, according to a release from the agency.

The soldier was injured in Brackettville and airlifted to a hospital in San Antonio, where they were pronounced dead.

The soldier’s identity won’t be released for 24 hours pending the notification of next of kin.

No details were released about the soldier’s cause of death. The news release said the cause was under investigation.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss,” said Maj. Gen. Tracy Norris, Adjutant General for the Texas Military Department. “We are focused on supporting the Soldier’s family and are providing all available resources.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbot issued a statement saying:

“Our hearts are heavy at the news of the tragic death of a Texas Guardsman stationed at the border as part of Operation Lone Star. We grieve for the soldier who died and lift their family and loved ones up in prayer.

“The Texas National Guard plays an important role in our efforts to keep communities safe and we are grateful for their courage and commitment. The Texas Rangers will conduct a thorough investigation into this tragedy and the Texas Military Department is taking action to ensure such loss of life never happens again.”

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