FORT HOOD — Fort Hood officials released Thursday the name of a soldier who died Tuesday after being found unresponsive in his on-post barracks.

Sgt. Gene Robert Brandes Jr., 28, of Oakridge, N.J., entered the military in August 2006 as a Patriot launching station operator. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Fort Hood, since April 2014.

Brandes deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2007 to November 2008. He also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from April 2010 to March 2011.

Brandes' awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and NATO Medal.

Circumstances surrounding this incident are under investigation.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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