Fort Hood soldier killed in 'training incident' while visiting base in California
A FORT Hood soldier died in a training incident while visiting the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, officials announced Saturday morning.
Spc. Joseph M. Meitl Jr., 23, a 1st Cavalry Division Trooper assigned to Fort Hood in Texas, had been attending the brigade’s collective training at the California base.
Fort Hood released a statement following the incident.
“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,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Carpenter, commander, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment.
“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.”
Meitl joined the Army in May 2020.
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After completing initial training, he was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
According to Fort Hood, Meitl was an armored cannon crewmember.
During his career, Meitl received an Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.
The incident is the latest in a series of events that have affected Fort Hood during the last few years.
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Following the investigation into the death of Vanessa Guillén, Fort Hood kicked out 14 commanders.
The woman's death also prompted investigations into 28 other deaths and sexual assaults.
Fort Hood looked into incidents dating back to 2014 and interviewed 503 women.
They found 93 of those women were sexually assaulted, but only 59 went through with reporting the incidents.
There were also 217 unreported harassment claims.
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Regarding Meitl's death, Fort Hood said they'll continue to provide support and assistance to his family during this time.
The incident is under investigation.
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