The Mississippi National Guard has confirmed the identity of the soldier killed in a training accident Monday.
Sgt. Kyle Thomas, 24, of Amory was one of four soldiers in a subordinate battalion of the Tupelo-based 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, which is part of the Senatobia-based 2nd Battalion, 198th Armored Regiment.
He died when he and three other soldiers were in a M1A2 Abrams tank involved in a rollover incident at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin in California, the National Guard said Tuesday. The other three soldiers were hospitalized with injuries and have since been released.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to Sgt. Thomas’ family and friends,” said Col. Doug Ferguson, commander of the 155th ABCT, in a statement. “We have lost a valuable member of our team and this loss will be felt across the brigade.”
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Tuesday morning, Mississippi public affairs director Lt. Col. Christian Patterson told the Sun Herald that 3,800 members of the 155th battalion arrived May 19 for training at Fort Irwin. He said training is scheduled to run through mid-June. Also participating are National Guard members from California, Missouri, and members of the Air Force.
Sun Herald reporter Anita Lee contributed to this report.