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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 4:30 am

Fort Hood officials Wednesday released the name of a soldier who died in a training accident on post last week. It was the first military training death at Fort Hood in more than five years.

Staff Sgt. Leroy Jackson died following a military vehicle accident Friday at Fort Hood.

The death was a result of an accident involving a Humvee, and there were no other injuries, said Tyler Broadway, spokesman for III Corps. Jackson’s death is under investigation.

The last training exercise death at Fort Hood was Oct. 9, 2008, at the railhead, Broadway said.

Jackson, 46, of New Orleans, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, since 2005. He joined the Army as an infantryman in 1998.

His awards and decorations include three Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Driver and Mechanic Badge.

Jackson deployed a total of five times to Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a Fort Hood news release.

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