Authorities at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are investigating the drowning death of an Army chief warrant officer, according to a news release.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose Eduardo Lopez-Cobena passed away March 30, the release said.

Lopez-Cobena, 40, was on a 12-month deployment to Cuba in support of detainee operations. His home unit was the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson, Colorado.

"It is always hard to lose a part of our military family," Daneta Johnson, a 4th Infantry Division spokeswoman, said in a release. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose Lopez-Cobena's family and friends during this very difficult time."

Lopez-Cobena joined the Army in 1997 and had been in Cuba since June 2016, according to his releasable information.

The ordnance branch warrant officer earned the Bronze Star, a Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation medals, five Army Achievement Medals, three Iraq Campaign Medals with campaign star and three overseas ribbons during his career.

Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.

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