Fort Bliss soldier arrested in the death of another soldier — his wife

By ROSE L. THAYER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: April 12, 2019

Note: This article has been corrected.

AUSTIN, Texas — A Fort Bliss soldier died Saturday and her husband, also a soldier, is now in custody as a suspect in her death, base officials confirmed Friday.

Sgt. Amy Colbert, 27, died in an on-post incident late Saturday evening, said Maj. Allie Payne, a spokeswoman for the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. Her husband, Sgt. Lance Colbert, 29, is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation into her death and is in military custody.

Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the death and all circumstances surrounding the incident. Payne declined to provide further information about what took place or Amy Colbert’s cause of death to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Amy Colbert, who was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant, served as a chemical equipment repairer with the 504th Quartermaster Company, 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in the 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade.

On March 31, Amy Colbert returned from deployment to Kuwait, according to her service record. She enlisted in February 2011 as a heavy vehicle driver and was previously deployed to Afghanistan.

“On behalf of the 1st Armored Division Sustainment Brigade Commander, our thoughts and prayers go out to both the family and the sustainment brigade at this difficult time,” Payne said. “The brigade will continue to provide all necessary services to both the family and soldiers who knew the deceased.”

Lance Colbert is a heavy vehicle driver assigned to 377th Transportation Company, also part of the 142nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, according to his service record. He enlisted in August 2012 and has served one tour to Afghanistan.

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Correction: Because of incorrect information provided by the Army, Sgt. Amy Colbert's age was listed as 28 in a previous version of this story. According to information provided by family, she was 27.

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