Sunday afternoon, officials with the 1st Armored Division (1AD) announced the death of a noncommissioned officer at Fort Bliss.
27 year old Staff Sgt. John D.S. Bailey was found dead on January 14, in an on-post residence on Fort Bliss. Staff Sgt. Bailey was pronounced dead by Fort Bliss Department of Emergency Services personnel.
“We are deeply saddened about the loss of such a bright and talented NCO”, said Capt. Kristopher Italiano, Headquarters Company Commander, 4th Battalion, 70th Armored Regiment.
“Staff Sgt. Bailey was above all else, a genuine and incredibly caring person. He was a member of our Family. His kindness and compassion toward his fellow Soldiers extended well beyond the scope of his daily duties as a mortar platoon sergeant.”
Bailey, from Haiku, Hawaii, was an 11C, Indirect Fire Infantryman, who joined the U.S. Army in January 2013 from Honolulu, Hawaii. Fort Bliss was his third duty station.
He arrived at Fort Bliss in March 2019. He was assigned as the Fire Direction Chief, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 70th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.
Bailey earned the additional skill identifier B1 after completing the Infantry Mortar NCO Leader course at Fort Benning, Ga. in 2017. Bailey’s awards and decorations include four Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.
Fort Bliss officials add that the circumstances surrounding his death are currently under investigation.