Fort Wainwright soldier dies from injuries; cause of death under investigation

Sgt. Brian Peter Sawyer, 33, died on Feb. 11 due to injuries. His death is being investigated. Photo from U.S. Army Alaska.
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - A soldier stationed in Fort Wainwright died on Monday from injuries he sustained earlier this month. Army officials say the cause of his death is under investigation by criminal investigators.

Sgt. Brian Peter Sawyer, a helicopter repairer for the 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment at Fort Wainwright, died in a Washington hospital on Feb. 11, for injuries dating back to Feb. 3.

At that time, Sawyer reportedly sustained the injuries at his on-post home. The nature of those injuries was not disclosed in the news release issued by John Pennell, representative of U.S. Army Alaska.

Sawyer, 33, was initially treated at Bassett Army Community Hospital on Fort Wainwright, but the severity of his injuries led to his transfer to Madigan, Pennell wrote in the statement issued Tuesday.

Sawyer was originally from New Port Richey, Florida, and joined the Army in 2010. He was deployed in Afghanistan in 2012, and moved to Fort Wainwright in 2016.

"The Flying Dragon family grieves together today at the loss of one of our own,” said Lt. Col. Jorge Rosario, 1-52nd Aviation commander. “Sgt. Brian Sawyer will be greatly missed and our prayers are with his family and friends."

The exact cause of his death is being investigated by the Army Criminal Investigation Command.