Army investigating the death of 19-year-old Fort Bliss soldier

"The Iron Eagle team is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and teammate."

The Army is investigating the death of a Fort Bliss soldier who was found unresponsive in her barracks room on New Year’s Eve.

Pfc. Asia M. Graham, 19, was found unresponsive on Thursday and later pronounced dead by Fort Bliss Department of Emergency Service personnel, according to a Fort Bliss press release. Graham, from Cherryville, N.C., was a human resources specialist assigned to the 1-501st Attack Battalion, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade.

The circumstances surrounding her death are under investigation, though a statement from Fort Bliss on Monday said foul play is not suspected.

“The Iron Eagle team is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and teammate … Pfc. Graham was a valued member of the Iron Eagle team and did an outstanding job for this battalion,” Col. Geoffrey Whittenberg, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade commander, said in the press release. “We lost a skilled human resources specialist who wanted nothing more than to serve her country and her battle buddies.”

Graham joined the Army from Charlotte, N.C. in July 2019; she completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

She arrived at Fort Bliss in Dec. 2019.

Her military decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

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Featured photo: Army Pfc. Asia Graham. (Photo via U.S. Army)

Update: This post was updated at 3:26 p.m. on Jan. 5 to include statement from Fort Bliss that foul play is not suspected in Pfc. Asia Graham’s death.

Haley Britzky
Haley Britzky

is the Army reporter for Task & Purpose, covering the daily happenings in the Army and how they impact soldiers and their families, as well as broader national security issues. Originally from Texas, Haley previously worked at Axios before joining Task & Purpose in January 2019. Contact the author here.

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