A member of the 116th Calvary Brigade Combat Team, which is based in Boise, died Tuesday night in a training accident.
According to press releases from the Idaho National Guard, David W. Gallagher, 51, died when a tank rolled over at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. Three other soldiers (Christian Tijerina, 27, Brandon Fuka, 20, Zachary Little, 19) in the tank were hospitalized at Weed Army Community Hospital and have since been released.
The 116th Calvary Brigade Combat Team is made up of battalions from Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Nevada. The four soldiers involved in the accident were from the Nevada National Guard. The solider who died was a member of the Nevada Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 221st Cavalry Regiment, of Las Vegas.
“The entire organization is at a terrible loss,” Col. Scott Sheridan of the 116th Cavalry Brigade said in a statement. “Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of our fallen Soldier. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”
The brigade is completing a month-long training rotation at the U.S. Army’s combat training center, according to the statement, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.