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New info on NJ soldier killed in Russian roulette

Posted: March 9, 2011 - 6:31am

ANCHORAGE — The Army says an Alaska soldier who killed himself in a drunken game of Russian roulette had completed two tours of duty in Iraq.

The new information about 26-year-old Sgt. Michael M. McCloskey of Beverly, N.J., says his last tour was in November 2009.

Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson says McCloskey joined the Army in August 2002 and served at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Fort Bragg, N.C. He arrived in Alaska in March 2010 and served as a construction equipment operator and construction engineer with the 84th Engineer Company, 6th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

McCloskey shot himself early Sunday at the home of fellow soldier Jacob Brouch in the Anchorage suburb of Eagle River.

Brouch is charged with second-degree murder and weapons misconduct.

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