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Fort Hood soldier found unresponsive on base identified

Fort Hood
Posted at 11:23 AM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 20:22:13-04

FORT HOOD, TX — Special Agents with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the death of a Fort Hood soldier found dead at his on-post residence.

Fort Hood officials say 29-year-old Specialist Christopher Wayne Sawyer was found unresponsive March 5 at approximately 8:20 p.m.

Spc. Sawyer was originally from Longview, Washington, and entered the Army in October 2017 as a wheeled vehicle mechanic. He had been assigned to the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, since May 2018.

Spc. Sawyer's awards and decorations include Sawyer's awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

“We send our deepest condolences to the family of Specialist Christopher Sawyer and the loved ones most closely affected by this tragedy. We are deeply saddened by the loss of any member of our IRONHORSE team and we will mourn this loss as an organization," said Col. Michael Schoenfeldt, commander, 1st ABCT, 1st Cav. Div.

CID officials say they do not suspect foul play at this time, but have not completely ruled it out while they continue a very thorough death investigation.

Fort Hood's Chief of Media Relations Chris Huag says there is no known threat to the community based on this death.