Sill soldier identified

Fort Sill has identified the soldier found dead in his quarters on Saturday as Private Second Class Maverick McDowell.

McDowell was assigned to the 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and had been attending a professional development course since his arrival to Fort Sill in November 2020.

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of one of our Fort Sill teammates. We send our deepest condolences to PV2 McDowell’s family, friends and fellow Soldiers,” Maj. Gen Ken Kamper, Commanding General of the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, said in a statement.

McDowell’s death is the fourth death of an active duty soldier since July 2021. Fort Sill officials have not released the cause of McDowell’s death.

Logan Carter, a 27-year-old active duty service member at Fort Sill, was found dead at his off-post residence in December. He was assigned to 75th Field Artillery Brigade.

Lawton Police detective Brad Dozier confirmed the death was investigated as a suicide.

Warrant Officer Blake Munck, who was attending a professional development course on Fort Sill, was found unresponsive at his residence in Elgin on July 25 by his roommate.

Munck was assigned to 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade and had just completed the Warrant Officer Basic Course this year. Munck had been stationed on Fort Sill, before attending warrant officer basic course, as an instructor in Bravo Battery, 3-6th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

Spc. Simeon Funk, a 26-year-old active-duty service member, was found dead on the Fort Sill installation Sep. 22. He was assigned to 31st Air Defense Brigade.

The deaths of Munck and Funk, from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, were ruled as suicides, said Chief Admin Officer Amy Elliott with the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

An attempted suicide was prevented by two 22-year-old trainees at Fort Sill on Sept. 3.

Pvts. Carlos Fontanez and Ari Till were promoted to E-2 after they stopped a fellow trainee from hanging himself one week into basic combat training.

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