Palmetto soldier among 9 killed in Fort Hood training accident

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A Palmetto soldier was among the nine Fort Hood soldiers killed Friday in a training accident.

Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, 23, whose home of record is listed as Palmetto, Florida, died in the accident.

Fort Hood released the names of eight of the soldiers who were killed in the accident when a tactical vehicle overturned in a creek. Fort Hood said the circumstances of the accident are unknown at this time. A team from the Army Combat Readiness Center in Fort Rucker, Alabama will be investigating the accident.

Milton, Florida soldier, Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, 22 was also among the dead, according to Fort Hood officials.

Fort Hood is working to notify the next of kin of the ninth soldier whose name has not yet been released.

Fort Hood released the following biographies of the soldiers who died. Official photos of the soldiers were not immediately available-

Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller

Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, 23, whose home of record is listed as Palmetto, Florida, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016. Fuller’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner

Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, 22, whose home of record is listed as Milton, Florida, entered active-duty military service in March 2014 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since July 2014.

Banner’s awards and decorations include National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the *Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Sharpshooter with Carbine.

Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez

Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, 38, whose home of record is listed as Brooklyn, New York, entered active-duty military service in July 2003 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since May 2011.

Colonvazquez deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2005 to September 2006 and in support of Operation New Dawn from May 2011 to November 2011. He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2008 to May 2009 and from July 2013 to March 2014.

Colonvazquez’s awards and decorations include five Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Korea Defense Service Medals, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle and Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Marksman with Carbine.

Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong

Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, 27, whose home of record is listed as Twentynine Palms, California, entered active-duty military service in February 2014 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since September 2014.

Armstrong’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon

Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, 19, whose home of record is listed as San Angelo, Texas, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

Deleon’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates

Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, 20, whose home of record is listed as Dunn, North Carolina, entered active-duty military service in December 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

Gates’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James

Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, 21, whose home of record is listed as Jersey City, New Jersey, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.
James’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey

Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, 21, whose home of record is listed as Valparaiso, Indiana, was a member of the United States Military Academy Class of 2018, assigned to Company B, First Regiment. He was a graduate of Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana. He reported to West Point on July 2, 2014.

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