Army identifies soldier killed during rifle training at Fort Jackson

Fort Jackson officials identified a soldier who died on Thursday.

Pvt. James Noel Zamora, an 18 year-old active duty basic combat training soldier from California, died after an incident on a rifle training range, Fort Jackson spokesperson L.A. Sully said.

The incident occurred around noon, but Fort Jackson officials have yet to release anymore details.

Military police are investigating the cause of death. Sully clarified that the death was not COVID-19 related.

Zamora was assigned to Company D, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment.

Following the death, the command conducted a 36-hour training stand down to attend to the needs of the soldiers and cadre and to evaluate all procedures, Sully said. Trainees at Fort Jackson also had the opportunity to call home and assure families of their safety.

“Our hearts are heavy for Pvt. Zamora’s family, the soldiers in his unit, and all the family members affected by the loss of James,” said Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, Jr. “At this difficult time, we have chaplains, grief counselors, and other medical professionals providing comfort and assistance to those involved.”

This is the third death of a soldier at Fort Jackson in 2020.