Private Jhanner Tello, 29, died in Baghdad on Dec. 10 as a result of injuries sustained during a non-combat incident, according to a Fort Hood news release.
Tello, who was from Los Angeles, joined the military in 2005 as a helicopter repairman. He was then assigned to the 3rd Aviation Support Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade and 1st Cavalry Division. He had been at Fort Hood since Nov. 2005.
In Oct. 2006 Tello was deployed to Iraq. He returned from duty in Jan. 2008, but was deployed for a second round of duty this April through to his death last week.
Tello is a highly decorated soldier. He was awarded, among other medals, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.
The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation.