FORT HOOD — Post officials Thursday released the name of a soldier who was found unresponsive in his barracks room Dec. 26. He was pronounced dead at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center later that day.

Sgt. Jose Joaquin Suarez, 24, of Millville, N.J., entered active-duty service in June 2006 as an information systems operator-analyst.

He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 720th Military Police Company, 89th Military Police Brigade, since January 2011.

Suarez deployed to Iraq from September 2007 to September 2008 and to Afghanistan from December 2011 to December 2012.

Suarez’s awards and decorations include two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, an Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, an Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, a NATO Medal and a Combat Action Badge.

Circumstances surrounding the cause of death are under investigation.

Contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here.

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