The U.S. Army announced Saturday that a 23-year-old soldier was killed in a training incident at Fort Irwin's National Training Center.
Spc. According to a statement, Joseph M. Meitl Jr. joined the Army in May 2020. He served as an armored gunner crew member in Fort Hood (Texas) according to a statement.
It was not clear what caused his death.
According to the Army Meitl was "participating in the brigade’s collective training at NTC over this week."
According to the Army, an investigation is underway into the incident at Fort Irwin in Southern California's Mojave desert.
"Specialist Joseph Meitl Jr. was an important member of our Steel Dragon Team. "We are deeply saddened at the loss of an amazing Trooper and teammate," Lt. Colonel Christopher Carpenter stated in the statement. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. We are thinking of them during this time of reflection and mourning.
Meitl received the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.