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Fort Hood soldier dies in Kosovo

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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:45 pm

A Fort Hood soldier died at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, from a noncombat-related incident Friday, Army officials announced Tuesday. Circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Command.

Staff Sgt. Heidi Lynn Ruh, 32, of Barrington, Ill., joined the military in January 2003 as a biomedical equipment specialist. She was assigned to 1st Medical Brigade and deployed in January to join Kosovo Force’s Multinational Battle Group-East.

Ruh’s body was found by a civilian at a running track at Camp Bondsteel, according to the Kosovo Force’s Multinational Battle Group-East.

Under investigation

Joe Garvey, a spokesman with U.S. Army Europe, told The Associated Press the cause and circumstances of her death are under investigation.

The soldier’s father, Scott Ruh, told WLUK-TV in Green Bay, Wis., that officers who came to his home in Newton, Wis., on Friday had few details about what happened to his daughter.

He said he and other relatives have questions about what happened.

“Our worst part was, we thought our worries were over, you know that she was going to a nonhostile area and she was only there a couple of months,” Scott Ruh said.

Ruh’s family plans a public memorial service after her body is returned.

Along with her parents, Ruh is survived by two sons, ages 8 and 11.

Ruh also deployed to Afghanistan from July 2011 to July 2012. Her awards and decoration include two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Driver and Mechanic badge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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