A soldier was found dead in his Fort Wainwright barracks room Monday.
Spc. Charles Michael Bodey, 20, was found by fellow soldiers, U.S. Army Alaska said in a statement Wednesday.
He was assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division’s 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment.
“Spc. Bodey was an essential member of Blackhawk Squadron over the past two years. He was a dedicated, loyal, and exceptionally skilled soldier, focused on performing the mission to the highest standards," said Lt. Col. Aaron Mock, 5-1 Cavalry commander.
“We are extremely saddened that he is no longer with us — he will be missed by the entire Blackhawk family," Mock added. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Spc. Bodey’s family and friends as they deal with this loss. Our priority right now is to take care of them, and ensure that they have all the resources they need during this critical time.”
Bodey was from Fresno, California, and joined the Army in August 2017.
He trained at Fort Benning, Georgia, before reporting to Alaska in December 2017. His awards included the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
The incident is under investigation.
Kyle Rempfer is an editor and reporter who has covered combat operations, criminal cases, foreign military assistance and training accidents. Before entering journalism, Kyle served in U.S. Air Force Special Tactics and deployed in 2014 to Paktika Province, Afghanistan, and Baghdad, Iraq.