Soldier found dead during basic training was a prior service Airman

A basic combat training soldier at Fort Jackson was found dead in his barracks Saturday morning, U.S. Army officials said.

On Sunday, the soldier was publicly identified as Pvt. Michael Wise, according to Army officials. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment.

Following the death of the 29-year-old from Wisconsin, officials said they will have a 48-hour training stand down.

“A loss of a loved one and teammate is never easy,” Fort Jackson Commander Brigadier General Milford H. Beagle Jr. said in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Know we are providing comfort and assistance to all who knew him.”

The cause of death was not disclosed and is under investigation, but officials said it was not related to COVID-19 or an active field training exercise.

“This is a difficult time for everyone who knew Michael,” Beagle said. “Chaplains and other medical professionals are helping those in need.”

His mother, Wendy, spoke to the SunOnline saying her son loved serving his country since joining the Air Force at the age of 17.

“Michael leaves behind a wife, 2 year old daughter and a baby on the way,” she said.

“He will be missed every day. Michael loved serving his country,” she added” “This was his second enlistment.”

This is the fourth death of a soldier at Fort Jackson in the past year.

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