Fort Hood soldier's death marks 28th at Texas base this year

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A 25-year-old soldier who collapsed during physical training two days ago at Fort Hood Army base in Texas has died.

Officials announced Friday that Pvt. Corlton Chee was taken to the hospital and died with his family at his bedside.

“Every loss affects every single person in this battalion because we are a family of warriors, but this is exceptionally heartbreaking,” the battalion’s commander, Lt. Col. Ron Sprang, said.

Chee joined the Army in February and was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.

KWTX-TV reported that more than two dozen Fort Hood soldiers have died this year with deaths attributed to accidents, homicide, illness and suicide. The station tallied 26 Fort Hood deaths in 2020, as of Aug. 13.

U.S. Marines with 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division, fire a 120 mm smoothbore tank gun from an M1A1 Abrams tank during exercise Comanche Run at Fort Hood, Texas, Feb. 20, 2019.
(Photo by Lance Cpl. Sahara Zepeda/1st Marine Division)

The 27th death was reported last week. Sgt. Elder Fernandes hung himself after accusing a superior of inappropriate sexual contact. His body was found Aug. 25.

Chee is the 28th Fort Hood soldier to die in 2020.

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Fort Hood has a population of about 25,000, according to Task & Purpose. Two bases with similar populations – Fort Stewart, Ga., and Fort Campbell, Ky. — have had 13 and 15 deaths, respectively.

Two days ago the Army announced a shake-up at Fort Hood, replacing the top commander.

At the same time, the Army said it would conduct a chain-of-command investigation into the death of Spc. Vanessa Guillen, 20.

Guillen’s body was found in July bludgeoned and dismembered. She had been reported missing weeks earlier.

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