Fort Carson soldier dies from drowning in Guantanamo Bay

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - After serving his country for nearly 20 years, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose Eduardo Lopez-Cobena died in an alleged drowning incident in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Fort Carson sent a release Friday, stating the tragic news. Lopez-Cobena, 40, died Thursday while he was off duty during a year-long deployment.

Lopez-Cobena was an ordnance branch warrant officer, who was stationed at Fort Carson in February 2014. He was part of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

"It is always hard to lose a part of our military family," said Dani Johnson, spokesperson for Fort Carson. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lopez-Cobena's family and friends during this very difficult time."

Lopez-Cobena, who is originally from New York, first joined the Army in August 1997. Just four months short of serving for 20 years, Lopez-Cobena deployed twice to Iraq before deploying to Guantanamo Bay in June 2016 for detainee operations.

During his time, he received the following awards:

Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal – 2
Army Achievement Medal – 5
Army Good Conduct Medal – 2
National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star – 3
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Ribbon – 3

Air Assault Badge
Combat Action Badge