Soldier found dead at Kuwait base, army says – Middle East
Soldier found dead at Kuwait base, army says
The military was investigating the causes of the death of a soldier at a base in Kuwait this week.
The soldier, who has not yet been publicly identified, was found unanswered at Camp Arifjan on Wednesday, the army said.
“We send our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased,” US Army Central said in an emailed statement Thursday.
The soldier’s name was withheld for up to 24 hours after the family was notified, he said.
This is the death of the second soldier in Kuwait this year, just over a week after Staff Sgt. Anthony Bermudez, 28, was killed in a vehicle crash near Camp Buehring.
Bermudez, from a suburb of Dallas, Texas, died on January 11. His remains were returned to the United States in a transfer with dignity ceremony Jan. 13 at Dover Air Force Base in New York State.
Two other soldiers were injured in the accident and taken to a military hospital in Kuwait, including the driver, who was treated and released the same day.
Some 600 Soldiers from the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas National Guard are on a 10-month deployment to the country in support of Operation Spartan Shield, which supports logistics, security cooperation, humanitarian assistance exercises and missions in the region. The division took command of the Spartan Task Force in November.
There were also around 2,200 active-duty personnel from all services in Kuwait, according to Department of Defense data in a September report. The US Central Command on Thursday refused to provide more up-to-date figures, citing operational security concerns.