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Incoming Space and Missile Defense Command General commits Suicide

Published: October 29, 2016
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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2009 file photo, then-Col. John Rossi speaks at a news conference at Fort Hood headquarters in Killeen, Texas. The Army says the death of a two-star general on a military base in Alabama has been ruled a suicide. Rossi was found dead July 31, 2106, in his home on Redstone Arsenal, and an investigation was undertaken. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

The Army says the death of a two-star general on a military base in Alabama has been ruled a suicide. Rossi was found dead July 31, 2106, in his home on Redstone Arsenal, and an investigation was undertaken. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

WASHINGTON — The Army said Friday it has determined that suicide was the cause of death of a two-star general who was found dead in his home on a military base in Alabama.

Maj. Gen. John Rossi was found dead July 31 at Redstone Arsenal, two days before he was to assume command of Army Space and Missile Defense Command.

He is the first Army general to commit suicide on active duty since record-keeping began in 2000, according to the Army. Military suicides soared earlier this decade and remain a major source of concern; they typically have affected lower-ranking military members.

Rossi, a West Point academy graduate and an air defense artillery officer by training, had just moved onto Redstone Arsenal and was scheduled to be promoted to lieutenant general when he took command of Space and Missile Defense Command.

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