Alaska Rep. Don Young asks Army surgeon general for suicide inquiry

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Congressman Don Young has asked the Army surgeon general to investigate suicides at a military base in the state.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday that Rep. Don Young wrote to Lt. Gen. Nadja West requesting an inquiry into suicides at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks.

West is the surgeon general and commanding general of the Army Medical Command.

Statistics were not immediately available about the number of suicides at the fort located 363 miles north of Anchorage in the central part of the state.

The Republican representative has asked West to send a team to analyze issues including the fort's mental health services and factors in the suicides.

Young commends the Army for its recent focus on combating suicide but says more needs to be done.

A previous version of this Associated Press report incorrectly identified Young as the surgeon general and commanding general of the Army Medical Command.