A FORT Hood soldier died in a training incident while visiting the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, officials said Saturday morning.
Spc. Joseph M. Meitl Jr., 23, a trooper in the 1st Cavalry Division assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, had participated in the brigade’s joint training at the California base.
Fort Hood released a statement after the incident.
“Specialist Joseph Meitl Jr. was a valuable member of our Steel Dragon team. We are deeply saddened by the loss of an incredible Soldier and teammate,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Carpenter, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment.
“We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time of sorrow and reflection.”
Meitl joined the army in May 2020.
After completing initial training, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1stSt Cavalry Division.
According to Fort Hood, Meitl was a crew member of an armored gun.
During his career, Meitl received an Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
The incident is the latest in one a sequence of events that have impacted Fort Hood in recent years.
After inquiring into the death of Vanessa Guillén, Fort Hood 14 commanders kicked out.
The woman’s death also sparked investigations into 28 other deaths and sexual assaults.
Fort Hood investigated incidents from 2014 and interviewed 503 women.
They found that 93 of those women had been sexually assaulted, but only 59 reported the incidents.
There were also 217 unreported allegations of harassment.
Regarding Meitl’s death, Fort Hood said they will continue to support and support his family during this time.
The incident is being investigated.
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