Fort Hood Pvt. Michael Garcia, US Army, Died in Vehicle Training Incident at Fort Irwin, California; Under Investigation (2017)

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Pvt. Michael Garcia, US Army

Fort Hood Soldier Pvt. Michael Garcia, 29, died of injuries suffered during a vehicle training incident at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California on February 17, 2017. Pvt. Garcia’s home of record is listed as Fayetteville, North Carolina and he joined the Army in March 2016. Pvt. Garcia was an indirect fire infantryman assigned to the 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. The circumstances surrounding the incident are under investigation by the Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID).

Related Links:
Obituary: Michael Luis Garcia
Death of a Fort Hood Soldier
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Fayetteville soldier dies in training accident at Fort Hood, Texas
Fort Hood soldier dies in training accident at the National Training Center
Why Have So Many Fort Hood Army Soldiers Died Stateside in the Last Year?
Violent Crime, Suicide, and Non Combat Death at Fort Hood, Texas
The Fort Hood Fallen on Facebook

Why Have So Many Fort Hood Army Soldiers Died Stateside in the Last Year?

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Fort Hood, U.S. Army

  • 48 deaths at Fort Hood since 1/16
  • 4 insider attacks in Afghanistan
  • 1 non combat death in Iraq
  • 43 stateside non combat deaths
    • 10 found dead on post
    • 17 found dead off post
    • 10 died in training accidents
    • 2 died from medical issues
    • 2 died in motorcycle accidents
    • 2 died in automobile accidents

I have been working in real time in an effort to collect the information of the soldiers we have lost stateside and overseas for a project I am working on. I started these efforts quite a few years ago but am now just pulling things together by base. Fort Hood has come up in research enough to warrant investigation into a problem with untimely deaths in the form of training accidents, vehicle accidents, motorcycle accidents, suicide, violent crime, non combat death, insider attacks, and unknown causes of death. I noticed a large spike in soldier death in November 2016 when we learned that four soldiers died stateside at Fort Hood and two died in a suicide bombing on a protected base in Afghanistan at the start of a Veteran Day fun run. Allan Brown eventually succumbed to his injuries from the blast in December 2016. And because I track military crime and suspicious death cases both stateside and overseas, I observe far more death when looking at the big picture.

I kept up with November 2016 and honored the service members we lost that month. Since then, we have lost at least seven more Fort Hood soldiers which is why I created this post. There has been an unusually high cluster of deaths at one base in the last year. The Army has announced they are going to probe the unusually high death counts but like most things, the report will come back with some canned response to protect the Chain of Command. We want to protect all the soldiers by doing our own probe. After doing a google search ‘Soldier Found Dead Fort Hood’ I learned that 2016 was a tough year for the base in general. I want to acknowledge the families who have lost their loved ones. I want to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the soldiers who have died. I want to acknowledge the soldiers who were impacted by the untimely deaths of their fellow soldiers. It can’t be easy for a post to lose one soldier, let alone several.

January 2016
1/3: Devin Schuette, 35, US Army (found dead on post)
1/16: Troy Wayman, 45, US Army (officer found dead off post)

March 2016
3/6: Sean Van Der Wal, 25, US Army (fatal auto accident)
3/14: Brian Reed, 40, US Army (found dead w/ gunshot wound off post)
3/20: Andrew Poznick, 45, US Army (officer found dead in Pennsylvania)
3/22: Steven Lewis, 33, US Army (died of self-inflicted wound off post)

May 2016
5/1: John Stobbe, 31, US Army (found dead off post)
5/23: Marcus Nelson, 45, US Army (died while in custody at local jail)

June 2016
6/2: Christine Armstrong, 27, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Brandon Banner, 22, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Miguel Colonvazquez, 38, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Isaac Deleon, 19, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Zachary Fuller, 23, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Eddy Gates, 20, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Tysheena James, 21, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Yingming Sun, 25, US Army (died in flood training incident)
6/2: Mitchell Winey, 21, US Military Academy (died in flood training incident)
6/6: Bernardino Guevara Jr., 21, US Army (died of gunshot wound on post)
6/5: Antino Glass, 34, US Army (fatal motorcycle accident)
6/10: Duane Shaw, 34, US Army (found dead off post)

July 2016
7/12: Alexander Johnson, 21, US Army (found dead on post)

August 2016
8/4: Calvin Aguilar, 32, US Army (found dead off post)
8/19: Dion Servant, 24, US Army (found dead on post)

September 2016
9/9: Stacy Hardy, 20, US Army (fatal motorcycle accident)
9/13: Andrew Hunt, 23, US Army (officer found dead at on post residence)
9/17: Nathan Berg, 20, US Army (died of gunshot wound off post)

October 2016
10/7: Bradley Acker, 25, US Army (death was self-inflicted at off post residence)
10/15: Douglas Bailey, 24, US Army (found dead at off post residence)
10/20: Douglas Riney, 26, US Army (ambushed by lone gunman in Afghanistan Army uniform)

November 2016
11/3: Dakota Stump, 19, US Army (found dead on post after went missing)
11/12: Tyler Iubelt, 20, US Army (suicide Bomber on base, Afghanistan)
11/12: John Perry, 30, US Army (suicide Bomber on base, Afghanistan)
11/10: Daniel Monibe, 32, US Army (died of illness off post)
11/16: Kevin Paulino, 24, US Army (died of self-inflicted gunshot wound in Indiana)
11/18: Korey James, 21, US Army (found dead at off post residence)
11/26: Wanya Bruns, 20, US Army (died of gunshot wound off-post)

December 2016
12/6: Allan Brown, 46, US Army (suicide Bomber on base, Afghanistan)
12/24: Paige Briles, 21, US Army (found dead at on post residence)

January 2017
1/1: Kai Yancey, 26, US Army (died of medical illness)
1/2: Randal Anderson, 22, US Army (died of gunshot wound off-post)
1/7: Barron Von Reichelt, 24, US Army (fatal auto accident)
1/11: Alex Taylor, 23, US Army (found dead on post)
1/12: Zackary Partin, 24, US Army (found dead at on post residence)

February 2017
2/5: Steven Hines, 29, US Army (CID Agent found dead behind building)
2/6: Christie Anderson, 44, US Army (found dead at off post residence)
2/17: Michael Garcia, 29, US Army (died in vehicle training accident)
2/21: Brian Odiorne, 21, US Army (non combat related incident, Iraq)
2/27: Andre Nance, 34, US Army (found dead on post at Fort Rucker, AL)

Learn more:
Honoring the U.S. Service Members Who Died in November 2016
Violent Crime, Suicide, and Non Combat Death at Fort Hood, Texas (US Army)
Military Policy and Legislation Considerations for the Investigations of Non Combat Death, Homicide, and Suicide of US Service Members
Soldier standoffs: Police, community respond to scars of war

Fort Campbell Army Spc. Dhaifal Ali Swept Away by Creek Current During Baptism with Sgt Marcus Rogers, Cause of Death Ruled Accidental Drowning (2016)

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Spc. Dhaifal Ali, US Army

On July 11, 2016, Army soldier Specialist Dhaifal Ali of Fort Campbell, Kentucky was swept away by a creek current on the post. Spc. Ali was at the creek with two other Army soldiers, one of them was Sgt. Marcus Rogers, who was baptizing him. The Emergency Management Agency reported that the creek had been swollen from heavy rains and severe storms; Dhaifal Ali’s body was recovered several days later and his obituary lists the date of his death on July 12, 2016. On September 6, 2016, Fort Campbell reported that they were investigating the circumstances surrounding Ali’s ‘accidental death.’ MJFA received notification this month that Sgt. Marcus Rogers had an Army hearing to determine his culpability in Ali’s death. An Instagram update on December 15, 2016 revealed that Sgt. Rogers was demoted one rank from SSG to SGT as a result of his involvement in the accidental drowning of Spc. Ali. Sources reveal on YouTube that Sgt. Roger’s failed to follow military orders when he took Spc. Ali to the creek which was off limits.

Related Links:
Obituary: Dhaifal Ali
Spc. Dhaifal Ali, 34, US Army – Remembrance
Army identifies 101st Airborne soldier who was swept away in creek
Search continues for Fort Campbell soldier swept away in creek
Fort Campbell soldier’s body found after being swept away in creek
Fort Campbell Soldier Drowns
Soldier Swept Away in Severe Weather Is Identified
Fort Campbell soldier who died in creek identified
Fort Campbell soldier swept away by current identified
Fort Campbell soldier whose body was found in creek identified
Soldier Drowns After Baptism Goes Bad At Fort Campbell
Soldier said to have been killed in flood may have been drowned by a Staff Sergeant
Fort Campbell Soldier, Muslim Convert Drowns After Baptism by Popular Internet Christian Preacher
The Death of Dhaifal Ali ….by Marcus Rogers (YouTube)
JUSTICE for Spec.Dhaifal Ali (YouTube)
Fort Campbell Soldier Drowns After Baptism

Spc. Adrian Avila, US Army, Died of a Non Combat Related Accident in Khabari Crossing, Kuwait (2009)

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Spc. Adrian Avila, US Army

Spc. Adrian Avila, 19, US Army, died of a non combat related accident in Khabari Crossing, Kuwait on October 29, 2009. Spc. Avila was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom on behalf of the 1343rd Chemical Company, 151st Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Battalion, 115th Fires Brigade of the Alabama Army National Guard in Fort Payne, Alabama. According to the Department of Defense the incident is under investigation.

Related Links:
DoD Identifies Army Casualty
Army Spc. Adrian L. Avila
Opelika soldier dies in Kuwait accident
Alabama Guardsman who died in Kuwait to be buried
Alabama soldier who died in non-combat Kuwait accident remembered for his pride, service
Soldier death: Spc. Adrian L. Avila, 19, of Opelika dies of non-combat related injuries
US troops killed in Iraq and Kuwait
Adrian L Avila, Opelika, Alabama, October 29, 2009

Spc Marisol Heredia, US Army (2007)

Honoring Marisol Heredia @USArmy (2007)

Spc Marisol Heredia, 19, Petroleum Supply Specialist, US Army, September 7, 2007

Non-Combat Death; Severely burned while refueling a generator in Iraq; Incident Under Investigation; Transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas; She died of infection because her bodily defenses were seriously compromised due to the extent of her burns.

In war-torn Baghdad, Heredia, who held the rank of Specialist 4, was badly burned in an accident July 18. According to family members, the accident occurred while she was fueling a generator. The incident is under investigation. ~Los Angeles Times

Army Spc. Marisol Heredia
Army Spc. Marisol Heredia, 19, El Monte; dies after being badly burned in Baghdad

SSG Alicia Birchett, US Army (2007)

Ssg Alicia Birchett, US Army (2007)

SSG Alicia Birchett, US Army, August 9, 2007

Non-combat related vehicle accident; Iraq; Her family said she was fatally injured when the brakes of a truck failed while she changed a tire.

Army Staff Sgt. Alicia A. Birchett
Sgt. Alicia Birchett: 101st Airborne soldier dies in Iraq 8-07

Sandra Grant, 23, US Navy, Died of Natural Causes While Aboard the USS Eisenhower in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2006)

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Seaman Sandra Grant, US Navy

Navy Seaman Sandra Grant, 23, died of a natural causes (cardiac arrest) while aboard a ship in the Arabian Sea on December 31, 2006. Seaman Grant was a Damage Control Fireman supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. Naval officials reported the death was under investigation but preliminary findings pointed to natural causes. Sandra was a sailor, a family member, a friend, a wife, and the mother of a baby boy. She was also one of three sailors announced in the Department of Defense press release that died of ‘natural causes’ or an ‘accident’ in a hostile fire zone in support of OIF.  Lt. Cmdr. Jane Lanham, 43, died from natural causes on September 19, 2006 in Bahrain. Petty Officer 3rd Class Roger Napper, 20, died of trauma from a single motor vehicle accident on October 7, 2006 in Bahrain.

[Sandra’s] father said the news came as a total shock because she was always healthy and didn’t have any prior medical condition. –The-Dispatch.com

Related Links:
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Navy Seaman Sandra S. Grant
SMN Sandra Stephanie Grant Fry
Sandra Stephanie Grant, US Navy
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