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Fort Gordon identifies soldier found dead

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.

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