Black Hawk Training

A UH-60 Black Hawk takes off during a training exercise in October 2016 at North Fort Hood in Gatesville.

Eric J. Shelton | Herald

An accident during training at Fort Hood resulted in the death of a soldier Tuesday night, according to a new release issued by the Fort Hood Public Affairs Office.

The training involved soldiers with the 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas. It was a 1st Infantry Division soldier who died, Fort Hood officials said.

A 1st Infantry Division medical Black Hawk “aircraft crew conducting medical evacuation hoist training at approximately 10:30 p.m. Sept. 12 resulted in a fatality on the Fort Hood range south of Robert Gray Army Airfield,” the release said.

Army officials are withholding the name of the deceased until 24 hours after the next of kin has been notified.

It was the first fatal Army training accident of the year.

On June 2, 2016, an Army truck rolled over, causing the death of eight soldiers and a West Point cadet when the vehicle was trying to navigate a flooded low-water crossing on Fort Hood’s Owl Creek during a training mission.

On Nov. 23, 2015, a Black Hawk conducting training crashed, killing the four soldiers on board from Fort Hood’s First Army Division West.

Pfc. Juan Castro, 19, died and three others were injured in a fatal accident within Fort Hood’s training area in June 2015.

The soldiers — all from the Texas Military Forces — were in a military Humvee when the vehicle rolled over, officials said.

On Oct. 18, 2013, 46-year-old Staff Sgt. Leroy Jackson, an infantryman with the 1st Cavalry Division, also died in an Humvee accident. Jackson’s death was the first training fatality on post in five years, at that point.

In October 2008, a soldier with the Hawaii Army National Guard collapsed after a 6-mile run at North Fort Hood. Fellow soldiers could not find a pulse and administered CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The soldier was taken by ambulance to Coryell County Memorial Hospital in Gatesville, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

In a travel accident, in November 2004, a Black Hawk helicopter from Fort Hood crashed in a field near Bruceville-Eddy, about 30 miles northeast of Fort Hood near Interstate 35, after hitting cables for a television tower while flying in foggy conditions. Seven soldiers died in that accident, including Brig. Gen. Charles B. Allen, an assistant division commander with the 4th Infantry Division.

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RIP warrior.
Today 15 marines were involved in another training accident in SA.
God bless our warfighters everywhere.

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