29 September (WNN) — The US military is investigating the suspected suicides of three soldiers killed within 72 hours earlier this month.
All three soldiers belonged to the 10th Mountain Division based at Fort Drum, New York, which described the deaths as “isolated and unrelated incidents of self-harm” in a statement.
The soldiers were identified by Army Times as Staff Sgt. Angel Green, 24; PFC Tyler Thomas, 21; and SPC. Sika Tapuelu, 26. All three soldiers were assigned to different units at the base.
“Immediately when we have a situation where a soldier is suspected of taking his own life, we want to know the trigger,” Major General Milford H. Beagle Jr., 10th Mountain Commander, told the Army Times. “What are the underlying challenges that contributed to the decision to harm ourselves? We want to know what we didn’t catch? What are we missing? That’s our immediate focus.”
Greene, an infantryman from Bairstow, Calif., served in Afghanistan twice and had just returned from his latest deployment on September 6, as thousands of American troops were withdrawn from the country while the Taliban seized control. Had taken. Officials believe that the main cause of his death was his non-deployment.
Thomas was a signal support systems specialist from Cedar Hill, Texas, and Tapuelulu was a cannon crew member from Tukwila, Wash.
The deaths occurred as Fort Drum highlighted suicide-prevention resources for soldiers throughout the month of September.
“In efforts like these, it is up to all of us to reach out to our combat bodies. Make sure they are okay,” Beagle said in a statement.