Two Army commands responsible for training soldiers will assess whether changes are needed in the wake of a fatal vehicle accident, the service's top civilian leader said.
Officials with Army Forces Command and Army Training and Doctrine Command will review training protocols after three soldiers were killed in Georgia when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle fell from a bridge and landed upside down in a stream on Sunday.
From left to right: Pfc. Antonio Gilbert Garcia, 21, of Phoenix, Arizona; Cpl. Thomas Cole Walker, 22, of Conneaut, Ohio; and Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Andrew Jenkins, 41, of Gainesville, Florida (U.S. Army/Facebook)
CONNEAUT, Ohio — The U.S. military has identified a man from Conneaut, Ohio was one of three U.S. Army soldiers killed in a training accident early Sunday morning in Georgia.
Cpl. Thomas Cole Walker, 22, was in an armored vehicle when it rolled off a bridge and submerged upside down in a stream at 3:20 a.m. at Fort Stewart, according to Stars and Stripes. Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Andrew Jenkins, 41, of Gainesville, Florida, and Pfc. Antonio Gilbert Garcia, 21, of Phoenix, Arizona, also died in the accident.
After enjoying years of the Air Force dominating the skies in the fight against the Islamic militants in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, the Army is beefing up its short-range missile-defense capabilities to counter the rockets, missiles, and weaponized drones that are increasingly becoming staples of foreign arsenals. And while the return of active-duty maneuver SHORAD battalions for the first time since the end of the Cold War is part of Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley’s strategic emphasis on a “combined arms, multi-domain capable” Army, the tactical implications are far more appealing: a bunch of new, explosive toys to play with.