FORT HOOD, Texas — The Fort Hood Soldier who died Monday in Erbil, Iraq has been identified as Sgt. 1st Class John David Randolph Hilty, 44, of Bowie, Maryland. He died during a non-combat incident.
Hilty entered into the Army in April 1999 as an Army combat engineer and was a petroleum supply specialist with the 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division since October 2019.
Hilty's served his country overseas multiple times including Afghanistan from January 2009 to December 2009, January 2012 to December 2012, October 2016 to October 2017. Hilty deployed on his most recent mission to Iraq in October 2019.
“TF ATTACK is deeply saddened by the loss of Sgt. 1st Class Hilty. He was an exceptional leader who will be sorely missed throughout the entire formation. His loss will not be forgotten and his legacy will continue through the outstanding performance of the Soldiers he led,” said Lt. Col. Adam Camarano, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade commander.
Hilty received multiple awards for his service to country. His death is under investigation.
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