Pvt. Corlton Chee of Pinehill, New Mexico, collapsed throughout a coaching train on August 28, in accordance with a statement from Fort Hood, and died on September 2.

The incident is beneath investigation, the assertion mentioned.

“We’re deeply disturbed by the string of deaths at Fort Hood, and if there’s any malfeasance or negligence concerned, the Navajo Nation calls on our nationwide leaders to purse each obtainable avenue to guard the lives of our Navajo warriors and people serving within the U.S. Armed Forces,” Navajo Nation speaker Seth Damon mentioned in an announcement Friday.

Fort Hood mentioned Chee’s awards and decorations embrace the Nationwide Protection Service Medal and the Military Service Ribbon.

“After we lose simply one among our honorable warriors, all the Nation feels that ache,” Navajo Nation Council Delegate Jamie Henio mentioned.

Chee’s loss of life is the latest of several linked to Fort Hood, which homes 36,500 troopers.
Army confirms that a missing Fort Hood soldier has been found dead
Officers discovered the physique of Sgt. Elder Fernandes off base on August 25. Police in Temple, Texas, said in a statement that an preliminary investigation turned up no indicators of foul play.

Fernandes, 23, was reported lacking August 17. He had been transferred to a distinct unit as a result of he was the sufferer in an “abusive sexual contact” investigation, the Military mentioned.

In keeping with Fort Hood, Fernandes was a chemical, organic, radiological and nuclear specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Firm, 553rd Fight Sustainment Assist Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division Sustainment Brigade.

The Military introduced Tuesday it could start a brand new investigation into management selections on the base associated to the death of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, 20. Her physique was present in June, months after she disappeared.

The primary suspect in her disappearance — one other Fort Hood soldier — killed himself when he was confronted by investigators, in accordance with the Military’s Felony Investigation Division.

Shortly after her loss of life, the Army announced an independent review board made up of 5 civilians who would assessment the “command local weather and tradition” at Fort Hood.
Some troopers have died beneath mysterious circumstances, together with Pvt. Gregory Scott Morales, whose skeletal remains were found in a Killeen field in mid-June — 10 months after he’d vanished. Fort Hood mentioned in an announcement on the time that foul play is suspected in his loss of life.
In an announcement to CNN in late July, Fort Hood officers mentioned there have been 23 deaths this year on the base. In keeping with the officers, the deaths embrace seven off-duty accidents; seven suicides; one combat-related loss of life; 4 homicides, one among which was on the bottom; two of pure causes; one which was undetermined pending an post-mortem; and one drowning.
“There are at the moment several investigations underway at Fort Hood that are tasked with reviewing a variety of matters and issues. Gen. Murray will roll these efforts right into a extra full and complete investigation that can delve into all actions and ranges of management,” the assertion mentioned, including that Murray’s formal investigation “is separate from the Unbiased Evaluate of Fort Hood, which started in August.”

Secretary of the Military Ryan McCarthy informed reporters Tuesday the brand new investigation was sparked partially by a rise in incidents at Fort Hood.

“Should you have a look at the numbers this yr on the set up for felonious crimes, sexual harassment, sexual assault, the numbers are excessive, very excessive this yr. And so the tendencies coupled with that survey, we wanted to get a way more complete look in regards to the challenges that Fort Hood is experiencing,” he mentioned.

“We have to perceive the basis causes in order that we are able to make the suitable modifications, whether or not that is a management difficulty, sources, situations on the bottom, our methods. The numbers are dangerous, and we have to make some changes as a result of we’re very involved,” McCarthy added.

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