A soldier assigned to Camp Humphreys, South Korea, died Friday while home on leave in Charles County, Maryland, according to a Monday release from the 2nd Infantry Division.

Pvt. Courtney Shields, 18, was found unresponsive and transported to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

She was a signal support systems specialist assigned to the 229th Signal Company, Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division Sustainment Brigade, her first assignment after joining the Army in October 2017.

“During her short time with us, Pvt. Shields had a positive impact on all the soldiers within the 2ID Sustainment Brigade, Special Troops Battalion and will be dearly missed,” Lt. Col. Jeremiah D. Pope, her battalion commander, said in a statement.

The circumstances of her death are under investigation by local authorities.


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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