Skip to comments.Fort Hood releases names of soldiers killed in training accident
Posted on 06/05/2016 9:49:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin
Fort Hood officials released the names of eight of the nine soldiers Saturday who were killed earlier this week in Texas after floodwaters overturned an Army tactical vehicle at a low-water crossing during a training exercise.
Officials identified the soldiers as Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, 38, of Brooklyn, New York; Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, 27, of Twentynine Palms, California; Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, 22, of Milton, Florida; Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, 23, of Palmetto, Florida; Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, 19, of San Angelo, Texas; Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, 20, of Dunn, North Carolina; Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, 21, of Jersey City, New Jersey; and Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, 21, of Valparaiso, Indiana.
Officials with the post said the name of the ninth soldier who died wont be released until the family can be notified.
Fort Hood released biographical information on the deceased soldiers on Facebook.
The heavy rain thats been hovering over parts of Southeast and Central Texas and caused deadly flooding began to lift Saturday, but officials said the flooding emergency near the Gulf Coast was worsening and Army officials kept up their investigation of a training exercise that turned deadly at Fort Hood.
Mincy told the Kileen Daily Herald that he arrived at the scene of the overturned 2 1/2 ton vehicle from the low-water crossing at around 11:30 a.m. Thursday. He said firefighters had already pulled the three surviving soldiers from the rushing waters of Owl Creek.
"I can't estimate how fast it was flowing, but it was faster than I would have felt comfortable putting anything into the water," Mincy said. "When we did find the vehicle, we could see the tires sticking up out of the water, so in that position where the vehicle settled, it had to have been about 8 feet deep."
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prayers for their families...........
Rest in peace brothers.
A 38 year old Staff Sergeant should have known damn well that the water was too dangerous to cross.
I would imagine the soldier from San Angelo knew this was dangerous. San Angelo has some fast moving streams when it floods. If he even saw it coming. Obvious most of them were in the back.
To sweep a 2 1/2 ton truck away it had to be some swift water.
Did the Pervert in Chief acknowledge the deaths of these soldiers or was he too busy with the death of M Ali—the muslim
I don’t watch cable so I have no idea what the muzzie in chief had to say. Probably not much.
*** I would imagine the soldier from San Angelo knew this was dangerous. ***
That was my thought, too. I am guessing most were in the back.
The driver must not have been from TX.
What the heck was the vehicle commander, the SSG, thinking to permit the crossing? Also was the vehicle alone or in a group? Condolences to all the families and prayers for the soldiers.
They need a court martial for the officer that ordered or permitted this. If he or she didn’t do anything wrong, they can prove that at trial.
Is it accurate to assume the 38 yr old Staff Sgt made the decision to cross and that he was sitting up front? I notice he’s from Brooklyn, NY, not exactly a place that sees a lot of Texas-style flash floods.
RIP for all of them.
The governor of Texas was on Fox warning people to stop trying to drive on flooded roads.The next day they showed a large SUV being swept away.what’s wrong with these people.
It’s hard to gauge how deep the water is or how fast it’s moving, so too many try to drive through it anyway. Many frequently flooded, low-lying roads have a sign atop a pole marked with measurement in feet from the base, hopefully so people will see how deep it is and not try to drive through it.
Just goes to show how few people watch Fox anymore.
I’m not casting blame,but when you see how fast the water was running and the words never seen flooding like this before. This should give people pause to be more careful.
I guess some are just not paying enough attention and end up paying dearly. With so much flooding it must not be possible to block off all the flooded sections of streets.