Texas National Guard soldier supporting Operation Lone Star dies in ‘non-mission related incident’

Texas launched Operation Lone Star amid a surge in border crossings.

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A Texas National Guard soldier supporting Operation Lone Star died last week in a "non-mission-related incident," according to the National Guard. 

Sgt. Alex Rios Rodriguez, 52, of San Antonio, Texas, died last Thursday in a "non-mission related incident at his quarters in McAllen, Texas," the Texas National Guard said in a release

National Guardsmen stand watch over a fence near the International Bridge where thousands of Haitian migrants created a makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas.

National Guardsmen stand watch over a fence near the International Bridge where thousands of Haitian migrants created a makeshift camp in Del Rio, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Rodriguez suffered a medical emergency at the unit’s hotel, and emergency personnel could not revive him, the Guard said. An investigation is being conducted into his death. 

Rodriguez was assigned as a team leader for Delta Company, 536th Brigade Support Battalion, 72nd Brigade Combat Team, 36th Infantry Division, the guard said. 

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

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Operation Lone Star, a massive border mission, was announced by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in response to a surge of illegal immigration at the border.