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Military officials release name of soldier found dead last month

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 11:46am

Fort Hood officials have released the name of a soldier who was found unresponsive in his barracks room on base December 26. He was pronounced deceased at Carl R. Darnall Medical Center the same day.

Sergeant Jose Joaquin Suarez, 24, of Millville, N.J., entered active-duty service in June 2006 as an information systems operator-analyst.

He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 720th Military Police Company, 89th Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood since January 2011.

Suarez deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2007 to September 2008 and in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from December 2011 to December 2012.

Suarez's awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge.

Circumstances surrounding the cause of death are under investigation.

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