To date, Task and Purpose is the only major news outlet, military or otherwise, to highlight the death of Staff Sgt. David W. Gallagher, 51, who died in a rollover accident at the National Training Center in California, this past Tuesday.

The Abrams M1A1 tank in which Gallagher and three other Soldiers were riding rolled over, killing Gallagher and injuring Sgt. Christian Tijerina, 27, Pfc. Brandon Fuka, 20, and Pfc. Zachary Little, 19, all of Las Vegas, Nevada. The injured Soldiers were treated at Fort Irwin’s Weed Army Community Hospital and released. 

Interestingly, every major print and television network reported extensively on the death of Christopher J. Morgan, a West Point cadet who was also killed in a military rollover accident in Virginia, Thursday, June 6.

Morgan, 22, was a member of the 2020 class at the United States Military Academy. Twenty other cadets were injured in that accident; none seriously.

Cadet Morgan was from West Orange, New Jersey, and was on a summer training exercise in rough terrain.

Staff Sgt. Gallagher, an armor crewman, was a member of the Nevada National Guard who first joined the military in 1988.  He joined the Nevada Army National Guard in 2009.  He was a member of the 1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry Regiment, based in Las Vegas. The brigade includes more than 3,200 Soldiers and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with battalions from Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.  Staff Sgt. Gallagher was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class.

Nevada’s Governor Steve Sisolak”

“I am heartbroken by the loss of one of Nevada’s bravest, Sgt. David Gallagher.  He was a leader within his unit and served as a mentor and someone his fellow soldiers looked up to. The First Lady and I continue to send our deepest condolences to Sgt. Gallagher’s wife, and are keeping the Gallagher family, his friends and loved ones, the 221st Cavalry Regiment, and the entire Nevada National Guard family in our prayers during this extremely difficult time.”