-Fort Wainwright, AK

A USARAK Soldier was found dead in his Fort Wainwright barracks room by fellow Soldiers on Monday, June 17.

The Soldier, Spc. Charles Michael Bodey, was assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division’s 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment and was just 20-years-old.   

Fort Wainwright Solider Found Dead in Barracks

Spc. Charles Michael Bodey

“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. 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 cause of his death has not yet been released and the incident is still under investigation. 

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