Officials release name of Ft. Hood soldier found dead last week

Monday, December 17, 2012 - 9:18pm

Fort Hood officials have released the name of a Soldier who was found unresponsive in his barracks room Dec. 14.

Emergency Medical Services personnel pronounced him deceased the same day.

Specialist Jeffrey Scott Ridinger, 23, whose home of record is listed as Tualatin, Ore., entered active-duty service in January 2010 as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist. He was assigned to 75th Explosive Ordnance Detachment, 48th Chemical Brigade, Fort Hood since December 2011.

Ridinger's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Circumstances surrounding the cause of death is under investigation.



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