Fort Hood identifies soldiers who died in floodwaters

FORT HOOD, Texas (KXAN) — Fort Hood has released the names of the nine soldiers who died in what the military installation is calling a training accident on Thursday, June 2.

Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, 38, Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, 27, Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, 22, Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, 23, Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, 19, Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, 20, Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, 21, Spc. Yingming Sun, 25, and Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, 21, died when the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle they were riding in overturned in Owl Creek, in the northeastern portion of the 240,000 acre post. Fort Hood is located between Killeen and Copperas Cove, about 60 miles north of Austin.

One of the soldiers, Pvt. Deleon, is from San Angelo.

Five of the soldiers’ bodies were found by rescue crews on Thursday, the remaining four were recovered Friday. Three soldiers were hospitalized in the incident and released Friday.

Fort Hood said in a statement Saturday the circumstances of the incident are unknown. An investigation is being carried out by a team from the Army Combat Readiness Center from Fort Rucker, Alabama.

The following brief biographies were released by Fort Hood:

Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez

Colonvazquez, 38, from Brooklyn, New York, entered active-duty military service in July 2003 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since May 2011.

Colonvazquez deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2005 to September 2006 and in support of Operation New Dawn from May 2011 to November 2011. He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2008 to May 2009 and from July 2013 to March 2014.

Colonvazquez’s awards and decorations include five Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Korea Defense Service Medals, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle and Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Marksman with Carbine.

Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong

Armstrong, 27, from Twentynine Palms, California, entered active-duty military service in February 2014 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since September 2014.

Armstrong’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner

Banner, 22, from Milton, Florida, entered active-duty military service in March 2014 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since July 2014.

Banner’s awards and decorations include National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Sharpshooter with Carbine.

Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller

Fuller, 23, from Palmetto, Florida, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

Fuller’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon

Deleon, 19, from San Angelo, Texas, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

Deleon’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates

Gates, 20, from Dunn, North Carolina, entered active-duty military service in December 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

Gates’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James

James, 21, from Jersey City, New Jersey, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

James’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Spc. Yingming Sun

Sun, 25, from Monterey Park, California, entered active-duty military service in October 2013 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since August 2014.

Sun’s awards and decorations include National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey

Winey, 21, from as Valparaiso, Indiana, was a member of the United States Military Academy Class of 2018, assigned to Company B, First Regiment. He was a graduate of Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana. He reported to West Point on July 2, 2014.

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