[1/14/17] The United States Army launched an investigation on Friday into the mysterious death of a soldier who was found unresponsive at his post on the Fort Hood base – the latest in a string of nearly a dozen deaths of soldiers serving in the massive Texas encampment.
Sgt. Alex Mathew Dean Taylor, 23, a soldier assigned to the 15th Military Intelligence Battalion, was found dead while on duty, according to Stars and Stripes.
Taylor had enlisted as an aviation operations specialist.
The army released no information about the circumstances of Taylor’s death.
‘At this point in the investigative process we do not suspect foul play, but have not completely ruled it out while we conduct a complete and thorough death investigation,’ a spokesperson for the Army Criminal Investigations Command said.
Taylor was a decorated soldier, having earned numerous commendations during his service, including the Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Aviation Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
Since November, 12 soldiers assigned to Fort Hood, the largest active duty armored post in the US, have died.
On January 2, Private First Class Randal K. Anderson, 22, died from what Army officials said was ‘an apparent gunshot wound’ in Killeen, Texas, the town which abuts Fort Hood.