US Army soldier dies during training exercise in California

A 23 year old US Army Specialist died during a training exercise at Fort Irwin on Thursday.

Spc. Joseph M. Meitl Jr. passed away last week while “participating in the brigade’s collective training” at National Training Center, according to the Army. While the cause of Meitl’s death remains unclear, the Army said the incident was still under investigation.

Meitl joined the Army in 2020, and has since been awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. He served in Fort Hood’s 1st Cavalry Division in Texas as an armored cannon crew member.

“Specialist Joseph Meitl Jr. was a valuable member of our Steel Dragon team. We are deeply saddened by the loss of an incredible Trooper and teammate,” Lt. Col. Christopher Carpenter said in a statement.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to his spouse, family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of mourning and reflection.”




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