The Fayetteville Police Department is investigating the death of a 24-year-old Fort Bragg, North Carolina, soldier after he was found dead of a gunshot wound on Sunday.

Authorities responded to a 911 call from Sgt. Jason Wiens' ex-wife after she discovered his body in his off-post apartment around 1:00 p.m., Fayetteville police Sgt. Shaun Sterepay told Army Times on Tuesday.

The police are investigating the death as a suicide, he said.

Wiens had been a combat medic with 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division since January 2016, according to an Army release.

"Sergeant Jason Wiens was a valued member of the 82nd Airborne Division's Falcon Brigade over the last fifteen months," said deputy brigade commander Lt. Col. Jeremy Mushtare.  "He not only volunteered to serve as a paratrooper during a time of war, but he also deployed to combat twice."

Wiens enlisted in October 2011 and served as an ambulance driver and emergency care sergeant with 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Riley, Kansas, before coming to Fort Bragg, the release said.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with "C" device for combat, the Army Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal and the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal.

Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.

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