FORT DRUM The death of a soldier from post was announced Tuesday by the Department of Defense.
Spc. Anthony R. Maddox, 22, Port Arthur, Texas, died Monday in Landstuhl, Germany, of a non-combat-related incident that occurred in Andar, Afghanistan. The department said the incident is under investigation.
Spc. Maddox was assigned to the 10th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. A press release from post said he was a petroleum supply specialist.
The posts press release said he joined the Army in January 2011, and arrived on post that July after training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Lee, Va.
According to KFDM, Beaumont, Texas, Spc. Maddox graduated from Nederland (Texas) High School, where he played football. His family moved from Louisiana to southeast Texas in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
An aunt of Spc. Maddox reltive told the station that her nephew loved being in the Army, and that he wanted to make it a career.
When he left for Afghanistan in January of this year, he told his mom he could possibly die serving his country, Mary Stover told the station. Were a family of strong faith. Hes in a better place and died doing what he loved.
His service awards include the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
Spc. Maddox is survived by his father, mother and stepfather, along with several other relatives listed by the station.
Fort Drum said Tuesday afternoon that Spc. Maddox was the 297th soldier to die during a deployment since 9/11.
The full list of the 10th Mountain Division soldiers killed during deployments since 9/11 can be found at wdt.me/qM6ZAv.
The KFDM report can be found at wdt.me/bBwLfn.