Sergeant Jose Joaquin Suarez, 24, was found unresponsive in his barracks at Fort Hood just one day after Christmas. He was pronounced dead later on that day at the Carl R. Darnell Medical Center.
Suarez entered active service duty in 2006 as an information systems operator-analyst. He home address is listed as Millville, NJ.
Suarez was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
He is a decorated soldier who received two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, NATO Medal and Combat Action Badge.
Circumstances surrounding the cause of death are under investigation.
Cooler and drier air moves in today but the heat and humidity return for the second half of the holiday weekend.
A cold front came through last night meaning cooler, less humid air is moving in for Thursday. Mostly sunny skies and winds gusting to 25mph are also expected today. Friday starts off very cool and also features a pleasant afternoon.
The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.