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Fort Bragg soldier found dead

Posted August 15, 2009 10:02 p.m. EDT

— A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division died Friday morning after being found unresponsive in his barracks room, Fort Bragg officials said Saturday. 

The death of Sgt. Jeffrey A. Van Us, 26, of Plainfield, Ill. is under investigation.

Van Us was an operations non-commissioned officer and later served as a Senior Vehicle Mechanic with Company B, 307th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

Van Us arrived in Fort Bragg in March 2004 and served seven months in the 5th Psychological Operations Battalion. He then served with the 1st Special Forces Support Group at Torii Station in Japan until coming to the 82nd Airborne Division in March 2008.

"He was genuinely concerned given any circumstance that he was trying to do the right thing," said Capt Raymond Everhart, commander of Company B, 307th Brigade Support Battalion, of Van Us.

"There was never a mission that he wouldn't try to accomplish; He was passionate about his job," said friend Sgt. Justin Hughey, Company B operations non commissioned officer.

Van Us joined the Army in November 2002 and attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Jackson, S.C.

Van Us is survived by his father, Danny Van Us, of Plainfield, Ill. and his mother, Kathy Eastman.