A total of three American soldiers have killed themselves within a period of 48 hours in one and the same base of the US army in a mysterious development – and one of the three who took their own lives was among the very last American troops to leave Afghanistan during the catastrophic withdrawal completed on August 30.
The three soldiers who committed suicides at the Form Drum Army Base in New York State are 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Angel Green, 26-year-old Spc. Sika Tapueluelu, and 21-year-old Pfc. Tyler Thomas.
It was Staff Sgt. Angel Green who was one of the last American service members to depart from Afghanistan.
His battalion returned to its base on US soil only on September 6.
Didn’t know each other?
The three soldier suicides which occurred within such a short period were announced by Form Drum on September 19.
All three of the army men who killed themselves were serving in the 10th Mountain Division of the US Army.
The service members from the division served extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq following the terrorist attacks from 9/11 back in 2001.
Private Thomas was from Cedar Hill, Texas, and a signal support system specialist.
Specialist Tapueluelu was from Tukwila, Washington, a cannon crewmember.
Green, an infantryman, was from Barstow, California.
He had two deployments to Afghanistan and was also deployed once in Qatar.
Green and Tapueluelu killed themselves on September 17, while Thomas committed suicide a day earlier.
The three cases of suicide among the US Army soldiers from the Fort Drum base are treated as separate, unrelated occurrences even though it is considered mysterious that they happened so close together.
Division Commander Maj. Gen. Milford Beagle Jr vowed his commitment to finding the reasons behind the suicides of his soldiers.
Lt. Col. Josh Jacques, the Fort Drum spokesman, made it clear that all three suicides are deemed to have been unrelated, with each death to be looked at individually.
According to a report by The Daily Mail, the investigators do not believe that Green’s deployment to Afghanistan could be the main reason for his suspected suicide.
A spokesperson was quoted as saying that three army men most probably didn’t even know one another since they served in different units of their division, and held different roles.
Green, whose two tours in Afghanistan were in 2018-2019 and 2020-2021, has earned the Combat Infantryman’s badge because of his team leader actions during direct fire from enemy forces.
According to comments by a spokesperson made to Fox News, the Form Drum base of the US Army actually has the lowest suicide rate among Army posts.
The number of suicides among service members has been growing in recent years, causing major concerns for the Department of Defense.
According to the Cost of War project at Brown University, a total of more than 30,000 military veterans have taken their own lives since 9/11/2001, while the number of servicemembers lost in Iraq and Afghanistan stands at a combined 7,052.