US Soldier found dead at US Air Base overseas

30-year-old Army Specialist Kyle Gantt. (Soto Cano AB Public Affairs)

A U.S. Army specialist was found dead Sunday morning outside his living quarters at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras.

Kyle Gantt was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment as a UH-60 Black Hawk crew member, according to WHIO.

Gantt, 30, was declared dead by first responders when they arrived shortly after 8:30 AM.

According to the Piqua Daily Call, he had only been at the Air Base in Honduras for two months.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, members of the 1-228th Winged Warriors, and all who are grieving the loss of Specialist Gantt,” said U.S. Army Col. Brian Hughes, Joint Task Force-Bravo commander. “Our leaders, ministry teams and trained counselors are caring for those affected by this loss. We will continue to execute U.S. Southern Command’s mission, the one Spc. Gantt so proudly carried out in service of our great nation.”

Gantt joined the Army in 2012 and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2014. His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and the NATO medal.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

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