FORT HOOD (Now designated Fort Cavazos), Texas– Fort Hood (Now designated Fort Cavazos) officials have released the name of a Soldier who died on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
Staff Sgt. Dean Haniff, a Trooper assigned to Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, was pronounced deceased at Seton Medical Center in Fort Hood (Now designated Fort Cavazos), Texas. The circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation.
Staff Sgt. Haniff, 32, whose home of record is listed as Orlando, Florida, entered the Army in April 2010, as a Field Artillery Specialist and has been assigned at Fort Hood (Now designated Fort Cavazos) since December 2018.
“Staff Sgt. Dean Haniff was a valuable member of our Steel Dragons team. We are deeply saddened by the loss of an incredible leader.” said Lt. Col. Christopher Carpenter, commander of 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his Family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of mourning and reflection.”
Staff Sgt. Haniff’s awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal Ribbon, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Army Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and a Certificate of Achievement.
The unit leadership will continue to provide support and assistance to his Family during this difficult time.