JBER soldier found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound on base

Michelle Theriault Boots

A 22-year-old soldier who served in Afghanistan last year was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in housing on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Saturday morning, the U.S. Army said in an email Sunday night.

Spc. Christopher H. Knickerbocker of Parma, Mich., was a cavalry scout, said U.S. Army Alaska spokesman Lt. Col. Alan Brown. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

Knickerbocker entered the Army in July 2010 and moved to Alaska in January 2011 after completing training at Fort Benning in Georgia, the Army said.

In 2012, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Spc. Knickerbocker leaves a wife, Amanda Knickerbocker, and two sons, Benjamin Knickerbocker, two months, and Jayden Knickerbocker, 20 months. 

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