FORT IRWIN • A Washington-state based soldier who was killed Monday during a training exercise at Fort Irwin was a 31-year-old decorated war veteran from Portland, Ore.
Sgt. 1st Class Patrick L. Huntley of Portland, Ore., was killed Monday when the Stryker vehicle he was training in rolled over at the National Training Center, according to a prepared statement from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Huntley had already been deployed to Iraq twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom, according to Lewis-McChord. Some of Huntley's many awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, three Army Commendation Medals, and three Army Achievement Medals.
The crash also injured four other soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. The soldiers are based out of Lewis-McChord in Washington state and were training at Fort Irwin.
The five were evacuated to the NTC's hospital, where Huntley died, according to Lewis-McChord. A total of three of the injured soldiers were treated and released, while a fourth was sent to a hospital off post.
Gus Bahena, media relations officer for Fort Irwin, could not give any further details on the crash, saying that the incident was still under investigation by the Centralized Accident Investigation Board, which is sent by the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center.
The last time a soldier was killed during a training accident at Fort Irwin was in 2006, when a five-ton truck overturned on a road during training, killing a Hawaii-based solder and injuring 10 others, said Bahena.
Huntley enlisted in 1998 as an infantryman in 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, now Lewis-McChord. Huntley served with the 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment in Germany and recently served as a drill sergeant at Fort Benning, Ga., before being assigned to McChord-Lewis in August.
Lewis-McChord said in a prepared statement that all members of its community are extending condolences and support to Huntley's family and friends.
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