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Army Ids Fort Campbell soldier killed in weapons training accident

Pvt. 2nd Class Jeremy J. Wells, 19, was killed in a training accident Wednesday in Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

(U.S. Army)

U.S. Army officials on Friday identified the soldier who died in a weapons training accident at Fort Campbell in Kentucky earlier this week.

Pvt. 2nd Class Jeremy J. Wells, 19, of Adairsville, Ga., was to take part in routine training with his unit Wednesday afternoon in a small-arms range in the base when the incident occurred, the Army officials said in a statement.

Wells, an aircraft electrician with the 101st Airborne Division, was rushed to Blanchfield Army Hospital on the base, where he later died from his injuries. No other soldiers injured, the statement said.

“101st Combat Aviation Brigade has lost an incredible member of the Destination family,” said Lt.-Col. Cayton Johnson, the commander of the u.s. 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (Rear), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of this Soldier. We ask that everyone respect the privacy of his family as they grieve this tragic loss.”

The Army is investigating what the cause of the accident.

“101st Combat Aviation Brigade has lost an incredible member of the Destination family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of this Soldier.

– Lt.-Col. Cayton Johnson, the commander of the u.s. 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division

Wells, who joined the Army in 2017, was posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army, the officials said. His other decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Basic Aviation Badge.

“Our hearts grieve for the family in this sad time,” Brig. Gen. Todd Royar, the acting senior commander of the 101st Airborne division and Fort Campbell, said in a statement Wednesday. “We are eternally grateful for this soldier’s service to his country and to the 101st Airborne Division.”

The training exercise was the second result in a deadly victims in Fort Campbell in a matter of months.

In April, two soldiers were killed when their Army AH-64E Apache helicopter crashed during a training exercise. The soldiers were later identified as Chief Warrant Officer 3 Ryan Connolly, 37, and Warrant Officer James Casadona, 28.

Connolly, who joined the Army in 2001, was an instructor pilot in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. Casadona deployed in 2012 and served as a pilot in the 101st.

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