Army Spc. Clayton James Horne

Army Spc. Clayton James Horne died in Saudi Arabia on Aug. 17, making him the eighth non-combat fatality for Operation Inherent Resolve so far this year, defense officials have announced.

Horne, 23, was assigned to the 351st Military Police Company, 160th Military Police Battalion, an Army Reserve unit based in Ocala, Florida, a Pentagon news release says.

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One U.S. Army Reserve soldier was killed and two others injured at Fort Pickett on Monday when he was struck by a tree toppled during severe weather.

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The military has a climate change problem.

As global temperatures rise, the number of heat-related illness diagnoses of active-duty service members is rising as well, according to military data.

Statistics show a 60% increase of heatstroke or heat exhaustion cases between 2008 and 2018, from 1,766 to 2,792. Over that same stretch of time, at least 17 troops have died from heat-related complications during training exercises on bases in the U.S.

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CAMP PENDLETON — Susan and Michael McDowell attended a memorial in June for their son, 1st Lt. Conor McDowell. Kathleen Isabel Bourque, the love of Conor's life, joined them. None of them had anticipated what they would be going through.

Conor, the McDowells' only child, was killed during a vehicle rollover accident in the Las Pulgas area of Camp Pendleton during routine Marine training on May 9. He was 24.

Just weeks before that emotional ceremony, Alexandrina Braica, her husband and five children attended a similar memorial at the same military base, this to honor Staff Sgt. Joshua Braica, a member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion who also was killed in a rollover accident, April 13, at age 29.

Braica, of Sacramento, was married and had a 4 1/2-month-old son.

"To see the love they had for Josh and to see the respect and appreciation was very emotional," Alexandrina Braica said of the battalion. "They spoke very highly of him and what a great leader he was. One of his commanders said, 'He was already the man he was because of the way he was raised.' As parents, we were given some credit."

While the tributes helped the McDowells and Braicas process their grief, the families remain unclear about what caused the training fatalities. They expected their sons eventually would deploy and put their lives at risk, but they didn't expect either would die while training on base.

"We're all still in denial, 'Did this really happen? Is he really gone?' Braica said. "When I got the phone call, Josh was not on my mind. That's why we were at peace. He was always in training and I never felt that it would happen at Camp Pendleton."

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Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Elliott J. Robbins died on Sunday in Afghanistan from injuries not related to combat, defense officials have announced.

Robbins, 31, was serving as a medical sergeant with 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), said U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer.

He was on his third combat deployment at the time: The first was to Iraq in 2007 and he then deployed to Afghanistan in 2017 and 2019, Bymer said.

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FORT IRWIN — The Nevada National Guard on Friday released the names of those involved in Tuesday's tank rollover accident at the National Training Center.

Staff Sgt. David W. Gallagher, 51, of Las Vegas, died after the Abrams M1A1 tank in which he and three other soldiers were traveling rolled over.

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