A 23-year old Army soldier from Hemet was killed in a non-combat related incident in Kuwait, the Pentagon announced Saturday.
Spc. John P. Rodriguez died while "supporting U.S. Army Central (Command)" as a combat engineer in Kuwait as part of Operation Inherent Resolve at the time of his death, according to Gil Telles, an Army spokesperson. The operation comprises of a U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
The circumstances surrounding his death were not disclosed due to an ongoing investigation.
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Rodriguez had been assigned to the 2nd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, of the 1st Armored Division headquartered in Ft. Bliss, Texas.
A post on the 2nd Engineer Battalion's Facebook page said a memorial ceremony for the families at Fort Bliss would be scheduled in the near future.
"A son, a husband and a friend to everyone around him, 'Rod' was an amazing person that we all loved," the post said. "Our most heartfelt condolences go out to his family back home."