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Major General John Rossi Department of Defense

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Less than two weeks after leaving Fort Sill, an Army commander has died.

KSWO reports that Major General John Rossi died on Sunday.

Major General Rossi, 55,  just left Fort Sill on July 21 to assume command of the United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command- Army Forces Strategic Command in Alabama.

The SMDC Change of Command ceremony was to take place Tuesday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Maj. Gen. John G. Rossi’s family.  We share their grief during this time of loss.  Our priority right now is to take care of the family, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time,” said Lt. Gen. Larry Wyche, Army Materiel Command deputy commanding general and Redstone Arsenal senior commander.

Officials have not released what caused Rossi’s death.

He leaves behind a wife, three children and one grandchild.