Senator Sullivan working with Fort Wainwright leadership following recent deaths
While Senator Dan Sullivan was in Fairbanks over the weekend, he mentioned that he's working with Army leadership following the recent deaths of soldiers on Fort Wainwright. A soldier was found dead last week in his barracks, and the cause of death is under investigation.
Since May of 2018, there have been 7 soldier deaths either on post or in the community that were not directly connected to a training or car accident.
Sullivan said it's not normal for his office to get involved in something where he typically would have faith in the commanders... but he added that every now and then, he thinks having congressional oversight is appropriate.
"We are letting the Army know that we are very very focused on this in terms of what the results are, what do they think is happening, and most importantly how do we rectify this, try to address it, and make sure it doesn't happen again. We cannot afford to lose any more members of our military or our veterans to the scourge of suicide."
The death of a soldier on Fort Wainwright last week is the 7th death of a soldier on this army post, since May of 2018 that was not attributed to a training exercise. Two out of the seven deaths are confirmed suicides, while the others are still under investigation.
There currently is an EPICON study ongoing looking into epidemiological factors on Fort Wainwright to see if there is anything to be done to prevent future fatalities.
For soldiers, civilians, and contractors on Fort Wainwright there is an EPICON survey that can be completed until June 30th.
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