A soldier who died while deployed to the southwestern border has been identified as Pfc. Steven Hodges, 20, of Menifee, California, officials announced on Monday.

Hodges was found dead near Nogales, Arizona, on June 1, according to U.S. Northern Command.

No information about how he died was immediately available other than foul play is not suspected, officials said. The cause of death is under investigation

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Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visits the San Luis II Commercial Port of Entry in Arizona. During Secretary Nielsen's visit she met with the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey and members from the National Guard. Secretary Nielsen toured the Border Wall between the United States and Mexico near the port. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Mani Albrecht)

While National Guard troops sent to the border are withdrawing in other states, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says those here will remain.

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A Marine Corps recruiting station was targeted by a firebombing spree that has imperiled multiple buildings across Tucson, Arizona this week, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jack Braden

An Iraqi pilot who was conducting training operations with the Air National Guard’s 162nd Air Wing was killed when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in southwest Arizona around 3 p.m. on Sept. 5, according to the unit's official Twitter account.

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Where, precisely, is the fine line between an exacting, razor-sharp leader of soldiers and a complete tool of an officer? The answer to that question may determine the fate of Col. Christopher Lambesis, "a mountain of human muscle” nicknamed “Big Nasty,” who’s accused by his Arizona National Guard superiors of being, well, too much of a hardass.

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The survivor of a close-range assassination attempt in 2011, former Arizona Rep.  Gabrielle Giffords is as tough as they come, so it only makes sense that the U.S. Navy’s newly minted Littoral Combat Ship is getting one hell of a badass name — hers.

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