A FORT Hood soldier died during a training incident while visiting the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, officials announced Saturday morning.
Spc. Joseph M. Meitl Jr., 23 years old, 1st Cavalry Division soldier assigned to Fort Hood in Texas, participated in brigade mass training at the California base.
Fort Hood issued a statement following the incident.
“Professor Joseph Meitl Jr is a brilliant member of our Steel Dragon team. We are deeply saddened by the loss of an incredible soldier and comrade,” said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Carpenter, Commander, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to his spouse, family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this time of mourning and reflection.”
Meitl joined the army in May 2020.
After completing initial training, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1stst Cavalry Division.
According to Fort Hood, Meitl was an armored artillery crew member.
During her career, Meitl received the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
The incident is the latest in a series of events has affected Fort Hood over the past few years.
Following the investigation into Vanessa Guillén’s death, Fort Hood chased 14 commanders.
The woman’s death also prompted an investigation into 28 other deaths and sexual assaults.
Fort Hood reviewed incidents from 2014 and interviewed 503 women.
They found 93 of those women had been sexually assaulted, but only 59 had reported the incidents.
There are also 217 unreported harassment complaints.
Regarding Meitl’s death, Fort Hood said they will continue to support and help his family during this time.
The incident is under investigation.
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