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Texas National Guard Announces the Death of Soldier

AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 9, 2022) – As previously released, a Texas Army National Guard Soldier assigned to Operation Lone Star died in a non-mission related incident on Monday, February 7, 2022.

Texas Army National Guard Spc. Dajuan Lester Townes, 19, of Spring, Texas, was an army horizontal construction engineer, assigned to the 272nd Engineer Company, 386th Engineer Battalion, aligned under the 176th Engineer Brigade, Texas Army National Guard. Townes joined the Texas Army National Guard October of 2019.  

The Texas Military Department is working directly with the family to provide all support necessary. The Texas Military Department asks the media to respect the family’s right to privacy during their time of grieving.  

All members of Operation Lone Star have access to behavioral health and wellness resources, and additional resources have been dispatched to support the Texas Guardsmen affected during this difficult time. An investigation is ongoing by both the Texas Rangers and the Texas Military Department. 


The mission of the Texas Military Department (TMD) is to provide the Governor and the President with ready and trained forces in support of the citizens of Texas and State and Federal civil/military authorities at home and abroad.

The Texas Military Department is commanded by the Adjutant General of Texas, the state's senior military official appointed by the governor, and is comprised of the Office of State Administration (formerly the Office of the Executive Director), the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), the Texas Air National Guard (TXANG) and the Texas State Guard (TXSG).

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Texas Military Department Public Affairs
P.O. Box 5218, Building 10
Camp Mabry (Austin), Texas 78703
Phone: 512-782-5620