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Texas National Guard Releases Name of Soldier


AUSTIN, Texas (July 15, 2022) – The Texas Military Department announced the death of a Texas National Guard Soldier supporting Operation Lone Star on Thursday.

Sgt. Alex Rios Rodriguez, 52, San Antonio, Texas, died July 14, 2022, in a non-mission related incident at his quarters in McAllen, Texas. Rodriguez suffered a medical emergency at the unit's hotel and was unable to be revived by emergency personnel.

A command investigation will be conducted into his death.

He was assigned as a Team Leader for Delta Company, 536th Brigade Support Battalion, 72nd Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division.

"Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Sgt. Rios Rodriguez," said Texas Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Thomas Suelzer. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time."

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