NOTTOWAY, Va. (WWBT/AP) - One soldier was killed and two others were injured when a tree fell at Fort Pickett on Monday.
The Virginia National Guard said the soldier died during a training exercise when a tree was knocked over by severe weather at the base.
The soldier was identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin P. Sullivan, 34, of Chesaning, Mich.
“He served as a petroleum systems technician assigned to 13th Quartermaster Detachment, 645th Regional Support Group, 103d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), Livonia, Mich.,” a release said.
He is survived by his mother, father and sister.
Sullivan joined the Army in June 2003 and deployed to Iraq from 2007-2008. In 2014, he attended Warrant Officer Candidate School and commissioned.
Sullivan’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal , Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon.
Officials said the incident happened during an annual training event known as “Quartermaster Liquid Logistics Exercise - Enhanced.”
“On Monday evening, a large tree in the training area fell on Chief Warrant Officer Sullivan resulting in fatal injuries. The tree also struck a parked up-armored Humvee that injured the two Soldiers near the vehicle.”
“We extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the Soldier who was killed, and we wish a speedy recovery to the Soldiers who were injured," Virginia National Guard tweeted.
They later posted for concerned family members that other soldiers stationed at the fort keep busy training schedules and have limited cell service, adding that the soldiers are safe.
The Army says the two injured soldiers were released from the hospital and are recovering. They are assigned to the 362nd Quartermaster Battalion in Kinston, N.C.
“You don’t pick the weather. You train in any type of weather,” Melvin Vincent, a retired serviceman who was stationed at Fort Pickett, said.
He’s a few minutes drive from the base, and says trees don’t usually come down in the area.
“It’s really hurtful to see one of the fellow soldiers to get hurt like that, from training," Vincent said.
A representative for The National Guard says they’ve coordinated to have a chaplain and other support services for the other soldiers coping on base.
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