Most senior enlisted leader in Alaska asks for help after the sixth soldier, a Master Sgt., commits suicide

Master Sgt. Wesley Woods, an infantryman stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, died Dec. 30, 2021 at his home in Fairbanks. (Army photo)

US Army forces in Alaska appear to have a problem with suicide, and the most recent death has Army Alaska’s Command Sergeant Major asking for help.

Six people have been reported dead under US Army Alaska command as of October, though not all have been officially labeled as suicides.

The most recent to Master Sgt. Wesley Woods, a senior infantry NCO assigned to 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Master Sgt. Woods,”  Woods’ battalion commander, Lt. Col. Matthew B. Chase, said in. a statement obtained by the  Army Times. “He was a dedicated, servant leader who made a tremendous impact during his time in the Arctic Wolf Brigade and through this career in the Army. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family and all those that cared for him at this time.”

Woods had been deployed to Djibouti and Iraq, respectively. 

While no official cause of death has been released, a social media post by the US Army Alaska senior enlisted leader gave some insight into the matter.

Command Sgt. Maj. Phil Blaisdell asked his soldiers on Instagram to “please send a DM if you need something.”

“Not sure what else to do,” he added. “Please let us know how we can help.”

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