Army National Guard soldier killed during NTC training identified


Soldiers of the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi Army National Guard, convoy to “the box” May 26, 2017 at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California.(Mississippi National Guard photo by Spc. Justin Humphreys, 102d Public Affairs Detachment)

One Mississippi Army National Guard Soldier was killed and three others were injured during training operations Monday night at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.

The four soldiers are all assigned to the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, headquartered in Tupelo, and were participating in a large-scale training exercise at the base at the time of the incident.

Over 5,000 Soldiers and Airmen from around the country are participating in the 155th’s NTC rotation.

The soldier who was killed has been identified as 24-year-old Sgt. Kyle Clayton Thomas.

Sgt. Kyle Clayton

The three injured Soldiers were transferred by military helicopter to the Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California, and are in stable condition, according to hospital staff.

Thomas was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 198th Armored Regiment and was  conducting combat maneuver operations in a M1A2 SEPv2 Abrams Tank. The tank was involved in a rollover incident, according to Mississippi News Now.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our fallen Soldier’s family, friends, and fellow 2-198 AR Soldiers,” said Maj. Gen. Janson D. Boyles, the adjutant general of Mississippi. “The safety and security of our Soldiers and Airmen is paramount and we are working diligently to prevent any future incidents.

The incident is under ivestigation.

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