It is an inescapable fact that military service carries with it an inherent risk of injury or death, whether in combat or during training or even a random accident.
It was the risk of that third variety that claimed the life of one U.S. Army soldier and injured four others in a military vehicle accident at Fort Bragg in North Carolina Monday, the Washington Examiner reported.
The incident occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Monday afternoon but few details have been released yet, particularly the identities of those involved as the military is waiting to ensure that the deceased’s next-of-kin is notified first.
One detail that is known is that the soldiers involved in the accident were part of the 16th Military Police Brigade, per a news release from a post spokesperson, according to the Army Times.
“This was a tough day here on Fort Bragg,” post spokesman Col. Joe Buccino said in a statement. “Our immediate thoughts right now are on the Family, the men and women of the 16th Military Police Brigade, and the injured Soldiers.”
“Anytime you lose a Soldier on-post in a situation outside of combat, it hurts,” he continued.
“It’s a tragic loss. There will be a time for investigating the cause and nature of this accident, but right now we’re focusing our attention on the troops and Families,” Buccino added, according to The Fayetteville Observer.
The Observer noted that this was actually the second fatal military vehicle accident at Fort Bragg in the past four months.
That incident in June left two soldiers injured and resulted in the death of Army Cpl. Mojave Littlejohn when the vehicle they were traveling in en route to a training exercise was involved in a wreck.
Military.com reported that while details were scarce, it was known that the military vehicle accident involved a Humvee and that it occurred amid an ongoing debate in Congress about improving safety standards for such military vehicles.
That consideration of legislation stems from a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report in July regarding the number of non-combat-related military vehicle incidents between 2010 and 2019 across the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps.
Congress will likely add various provisions to the next Defense spending bill authorizing and funding measures dealing with improved vehicle safety, driver training, and greater accountability and transparency by an investigative review board following such incidents.