Fort Gordon officials have identified the soldier found dead Friday in the post’s training area as 2nd Lt. Anthony Thomas Scardino, a 27-year-old member of the Mississippi Army National Guard.
The cause and circumstances of his death remain under investigation, a statement said.
Scardino was found dead about 10 p.m. Friday after he didn’t arrive at a designated location during navigation training, authorities say. About 90 soldiers and the post’s Directorate of Emergency Services were involved in the search.
According to a statement from the post, Scardino was temporarily assigned to the 442nd Signal Battalion, 15th Regimental Signal Brigade at Fort Gordon for training in the Signal Basic Officer Leadership Course.
Scardino enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard on May 26, 2003, as a satellite communication systems operator-maintainer, achieving the rank of staff sergeant during more than 10 years of enlisted service. He deployed to Iraq in 2006 and to Afghanistan in 2009. He received a direct commission to second lieutenant on Nov. 20, 2013, as a Signal officer.