Texas National Guard soldier supporting Operation Lone Star dies in ‘non-mission related incident’


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A Texas National Guard soldier supporting Operation Lone Star died last week in a “non-mission related incident”, according to the National Guard.

sergeant. Alex Rios Rodriguez, 52, of San Antonio, Texas, died last Thursday in a “non-mission related incident at his quarters in McAllen, Texas,” the Texas National Guard said in a statement.

National Guardsmen watch a fence near the International Bridge where thousands of Haitian migrants have set up a makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas.
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Rodriguez suffered a medical emergency at the unit hotel and emergency personnel were unable to revive him, the Guard said. An inquest is underway into his death.

Rodriguez was appointed as a team leader for Delta Company, 536th Brigade Support Battalion, 72nd Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division, the guard said.

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“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Sergeant Rios Rodriguez,” Texas Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Thomas Suelzer said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time.”

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Operation Lone Star, a massive border mission, was announced by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in response to a wave of illegal immigration across the border.


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