FORT HOOD — Post officials on Monday released the name of a soldier who was found unresponsive in his barracks room Friday.

Emergency medical services personnel pronounced him dead the same day.

Spc. Jeffrey Scott Ridinger, 23, of Tualatin, Ore., entered active-duty service in January 2010 as an explosive ordnance disposal specialist. He was assigned to 75th Explosive Ordnance Detachment, 48th Chemical Brigade, since December 2011.

Ridinger’s awards and decorations included the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Circumstances surrounding the cause of death is 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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