Soldier killed during an accident at Fort Irwin

PFC Justin Candido Kirby

A US Army Soldier was killed during a training exercise at Fort Irwin, California, and another Soldier was reportedly transported via helicopter to a Nevada hospital.

The casualties were sustained during a massive exercise, which involved well over 7,500 troops at the National Training Center, or NTC.

PFC Justin Candido Kirby, a 21-year-old from New England, was killed in a HMMWV accident involving a single vehicle.

An additional Soldier was injured during the accident, and was flown to a Nevada hospital for treatment.

According to the Daily Press, both Kirby and the unnamed injured trooper are assigned to the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, which is a native unit to Fort Irwin.

Kirby’s commander, Col. Scott Woodward of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, said Kirby was well known across the regiment.

“His passing has deeply affected us all,” he said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his fellow Soldiers.”

The exercise taking place was allegedly designed to reflect the rigors of future combat conditions.

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