Soldier’s death prompts warning
SEOUL — A 2nd Infantry Division soldier was found dead Monday morning in his barracks at Camp Casey, prompting the commanding general of U.S. Forces Korea to remind troops to watch for signs of depression, loneliness and stress during the holiday season.
The soldier, Pfc. Christopher Adan, 20, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 72nd Armor Regiment, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, according to a 2nd ID news release issued Wednesday. He had been in South Korea since August.
Military officials have not named a cause of death and say the investigation continues.
Adan was found in his barracks Monday and pronounced dead at 11:40 a.m.
On Tuesday, Gen. B.B. Bell put out a written message to the troops in South Korea about Adan’s death.
“We may never know whether this death could have been prevented,” he wrote in the “Bell Sends” message posted on USFK’s Web site.
“Keep in mind that while most people will take the holidays as a time for celebration with family and friends, we need to reach out to others who feel loneliness and stress due to separation from loved ones. Leaders must remind everyone to support each other,” Bell wrote.
A memorial service for Adan will be held at noon on Friday at Crusader Square at Camp Casey.
“We are all saddened by the death of Pfc. Adan,” Maj. Gen. John W. Morgan III, who took command of 2nd ID late last month, stated in the release. “Our condolences and deepest sympathy are with his family and friends.”
In his written message, Bell said that 90 percent of troops in South Korea serve in remote locations. “Extended periods of separation can lead to depression, thoughts of suicide, and alcohol and substance abuse,” Bell wrote.
He reminded leaders at all levels to look for indications of troops who need help. He also said chaplains are available to help servicemembers and families with problems.