Fort Bliss investigates soldier's death at home on post

By DANIEL BORUNDA | El Paso Times | Published: January 17, 2021

EL PASO, Texas (Tribune News Service) — A U.S. Army soldier was found dead in his home in Fort Bliss last week, the second soldier death on post within two weeks, officials said Sunday.

Staff Sgt. John D.S. Bailey, 27, of Haiku, Hawaii, died Thursday in his home, officials said. He was pronounced deceased by Fort Bliss emergency services personnel.

A cause of death was not disclosed. The circumstances surrounding Bailey's death are under investigation.

Bailey joined the Army in 2013 in Honolulu. He arrived in Fort Bliss in March 2019, it was his third duty station.

Bailey was an indirect fire infantryman assigned as the fire direction chief, Headquarters and Headquarters Company4th Battalion70th Armored Regiment1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.

"We are deeply saddened about the loss of such a bright and talented NCO," said Capt. Kristopher Italiano of Headquarters Company Commander, 4th Battalion70th Armored Regiment.

"Staff Sgt. Bailey was above all else, a genuine and incredibly caring person," Italiano said in a statement. "He was a member of our family. His kindness and compassion toward his fellow soldiers extended well beyond the scope of his daily duties as a mortar platoon sergeant."

Bailey is the second soldier death on Fort Bliss within two weeks.

On New Year's Eve, Pfc. Asia M. Graham, 19, was found dead in her barracks room. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

Last week, Pfc. Christian G. Alvarado was arraigned at a general court-martial on three counts of sexual assault, including allegedly raping Graham while she was unconscious in December 2019 as well as two other rapes in 2020.

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