Fort Campbell training soldiers to prevent suicide

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - A Fort Campbell commander says the
installation has the highest number of suicides among soldiers in the Army.

The post began a 3-day stand down Wednesday to refocus efforts on suicide prevention in the wake of 11 confirmed suicides this year. More deaths are being investigated.

Brig. Gen. Stephen Townsend said from January to March, the installation was averaging one suicide per week.

The post on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line took part in an Army-wide prevention campaign in March, but commanders at Fort Campbell felt additional training was needed.

Townsend will speak to every single soldier, emphasizing the need to look after their battle buddies and speak up about concerns.

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