The massive clean-up and recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma have consumed the 24-hour news cycle the last two weeks, but for those who pay attention to military-related news, the list of tragic events for U.S. troops, right here at home is staggering. The military is actively investigating three military training incidents this week, two of which involved fatalities.
Yesterday, the Army released the identity of a soldier who died Tuesday night during medevac training at the Robert Gray Army Airfield in Fort Hood. SSG Sean Devoy, a medic with the 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, died when he fell during hoist training. Devoy, a medic with C Company was conducting training with an HH-60M Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopter when the accident occurred.
The grim news of SSG Devoy’s death was followed by a mass casualty event aboard Camp Pendleton. One Sailor and 14 Marines were burned when their amphibious vehicle caught fire during a training accident. The Marines all from the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion were conducting a combat readiness evaluation at Camp Pendleton when their amphibious vehicle ignited.
Three of the injured are in critical condition at the University of California San Diego Burn Center. Four other Marines were taken to University of California Irvine Medical Center where two of the Marines are listed in critical condition. One service member was rushed to a hospital in La Jolla. Two Marines sustained lesser injuries and were treated at the base hospital aboard Camp Pendleton.
Friday, Sept. 14, a training accident at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, injured seven Soldiers and took the life of another. SSG Alexander Dalida was killed while conducting demolitions training on base. SSG Dalida, 32, of Dunstable, Massachusetts, was enrolled in the Special Forces Qualification Course at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
Four of the injured Soldiers at Fort Bragg remain hospitalized at Womack Army Hospital.