The worst has happened in a training accident at the Army’s National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif. Yesterday, Pfc. Andrew Sass, 23, a Soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was killed in an undisclosed training accident on base.
The Army is declining to give any details at this time saying only that the accident is under investigation.
The public affairs office at J.B.L.M. indicated that Sass joined the Army in May 2013 and is with the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. His team was on a month-long training mission practicing large-scale maneuvers. Although war games and live-fire exercises are frequently part of the training, there was no indication from the military that Pfc. Sass was involved in either at the time of the fatal incident.
Pfc. Sass lists Fremont, N.C. as his hometown of record. Fremont is located in Wayne County and the most current census lists the population as less than 2,000.
Fort Irwin is no stranger to fatalities during training maneuvers. In 2011, 13-year Army veteran, Sgt. 1st Class Patrick L. Huntley, 31, of Portland, Ore., died when a Stryker vehicle rolled over during training. Four other soldiers were hurt in the same accident.
Fort Irwin is a sprawling desert training facility built in 1940 and used year-round by the military.
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