Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal tech found dead with gun shot wound

Staff Sgt. Brian Michael Reed. Photo credit: U.S. Army

Officials at Fort Hood released the name of a 40-year-old Bronze Star recipient who was found dead Monday at his private residence.

Staff Sgt. Brian Michael Reed was serving in the 79th Ordnance Battalion at the Fort Hood since October, according to a Fort Hood news release.

The explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician previously deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006-07) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2011-12).

His service record has not been released but he is listed as having a Combat Infantryman’s badge which suggests he served as an Infantryman at some point in his Army career.

Police told the Killeen Daily Herald that Reed was found in at his off-post residence with a gunshot wound to the head, likely self-inflicted. The incident is under investigation, according to the Fort Hood release.

According to Fort Hood officials the incident is still under investigation.

SSG Reed joined the army in 2005 and is listed as having earned a Bronze Star, Army Commendation with valor, two Army Commendation Medals, Combat Infantry Badge, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge and other decorations.


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