An Army soldier has died from severe injuries he suffered during live-fire training at Fort Stewart.
Officials at the Army post in southeast Georgia said in a news release that 31-year-old Sgt. Michael Trask of Olalla, Washington, died Tuesday at a hospital in nearby Savannah.
Trask was in critical condition when he was hospitalized on December 6 after being hurt during a nighttime training exercise in which soldiers fired weapons using live ammunition.
Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson declined to comment Wednesday on how Trask got injured, citing an open Army investigation.
Trask was an infantry soldier assigned to the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division.
The Army said he arrived at Fort Stewart two years ago and had served overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Commander of Trask’s battalion, Lt. Col. Justin Harper, said in a statement that Trask was an ‘outstanding’ solider that helped his unit sharpen their skills with every training even
‘His experience and personal example were instrumental in developing his unit into a cohesive team,’ Harper added.
Trask is survived by his wife, Angela. It is at least the second time this year that a soldier has died during an exercise using live ammunition.
Army Spc. Matthew R. Turcotte was shot and killed in August during a nighttime live-fire training exercise at Fort Carson, Colorado
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