Army identifies soldier found dead on post in Alaska last week
September 23, 2019
The Army has identified a soldier found dead on post in Alaska on Thursday.
Sgt. Ken Conrad Chambers, 33, was a signal support system specialist with the 70th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska officials said in a statement dated Friday and provided to Stars and Stripes on Monday.
The statement did not say where the death occurred, but Fort Wainwright Criminal Investigation Division was looking into the incident. More information will be released as it becomes available, officials said.
Chambers, of Upper Marlboro, Md., joined the Army in June 2007, the statement said. He trained at Fort Benning and Fort Gordon, Ga., before serving at Fort Bliss and Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Riley, Kan., and in South Korea before reporting to Alaska in October 2016.
He served combat tours in Iraq from April 2010 to March 2011, and Afghanistan from September 2012 to June 2013, the statement added.
Chambers’ awards include two Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, four Army Good Conduct Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Korea Defense Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons and the NATO Medal.
Chambers’ death happened the same day that another Alaska-based servicemember, Air Force Tech Sgt. Phillip Croley, was found dead at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, where he was on temporary duty.
Croley was assigned to the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base.
The circumstance surrounding his death were under investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, according a statement by the service.