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Second Drill Sergeant Found Dead At Fort Jackson Within 8 Days, Army Says

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Two drill sergeants have been found dead at Fort Jackson in South Carolina within a short period.

Staff Sgt. Zachary L. Melton, 30, was discovered unresponsive in his vehicle after failing to report for work.

No cause of death has been provided, and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division is looking into the matter. (Trending: Bud Light Gets Bad News Ahead of Christmas)

“We are extremely saddened by the loss of Staff Sgt. Melton,” said Fort Jackson’s commander, Brig. Gen. Jason Kelly.

“Our thoughts are with his family and the soldiers of the Always Forward battalion during this very emotional time.”

“As a Fort Jackson community, we are mourning the tragic loss of two of our drill sergeants within the past few weeks,” Kelly said.

“While there are several ongoing investigations into the specifics of each of these deaths, we are taking very deliberate steps to ensure our resiliency resource offerings are adequate and responsive.”

Military chaplains and behavioral health personnel are offering support to the unit.

Prior to Melton’s death, Staff Sgt. Allen Burtram, 34, was also found dead on the base.

Investigations are ongoing, and the community is mourning the loss while ensuring resiliency resources are in place.

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