Ft. Hood officials identify soldier found deceased in barracks

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POSTED: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 1:21pm
UPDATED: Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 5:18pm

Fort Hood officials have identified a soldier who was recently found unresponsive in his barracks room on Tuesday.

According to the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office, Sgt. Gene Robert Brandes, Jr., 28, of Oakridge, New Jersey, was the soldier found deceased earlier this week.  Brandes entered the military in August 2006 as a Patriot Launching Station enhanced operator/maintainer. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, since April 2014.

The soldier served overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2007 to November 2008. He also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from April 2010 to March 2011.

Brandes' awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.

His death is currently under investigation.

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Devastated right now he was such a great guy.

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