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CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Soldiers and supervisors should alert themselves to their comrades’ health and welfare, U.S. Forces commander Gen. B.B. Bell said Friday in the wake of a Camp Hovey soldier’s death.

“Extended periods of separation can lead to depression, alcohol and substance abuse and even suicide,” Bell wrote in a message to all servicemembers. “Commanders and supervisors at all levels should review wellness issues and be alert to indicators.”

Staff Sgt. Ricky Fox, 36, was found dead in his barracks room Thursday morning by his platoon sergeant after Fox failed to show up for formation.

An investigation into the death is ongoing, 2nd Infantry Division officials said.

Fox, a 14-year Army veteran, was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division’s Company G, 302nd Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team.

“We are all very saddened by Staff Sergeant Fox’s death,” said Col. Chris Queen, 1st Brigade commander, in a division news release on Friday. “Our hearts and thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time, and we will keep them all in our prayers.”

Fox is survived by his wife, Lisa; their daughter, Tina, 13 months; his daughter, Elizabeth, 17; his son, Ricky Jr., 9; and daughter Charity, 7. Fox also had two stepchildren, Alexis, 2, and Helena, 4. His parents are Richard and Barbara Fox of Chowchilla, Calif.

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