Deadly Accident Reported At US Military Base
(FeaturedNews.com) – Tragedy struck Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho on June 24 when a 19-year-old lost her life in a training incident. MacKenzie Wilson, a University of Oregon Air Force ROTC Cadet, died from injuries sustained in a HUMVEE accident. The event occurred at the base’s Saylor Creek Range.
The 366 Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office issued a press release detailing the incident. At the time of the accident, 19 ROTC cadets were involved in a professional training and development opportunity for young Air Force prospects to gain exposure to a wide array of mission environments.
According to the statement, cadets immediately responded to the accident, and two other individuals were transported to a hospital in Boise, Idaho, treated and released.
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366 Wing Commander Colonel Ernesto DiVittorio expressed his deepest sympathies to Wilson’s family and friends. “Today we lost a member of our family,” he said, “our thoughts and prayers are with them.” The young military member was from Eagle River, Alaska, a small town of 28,000 that will surely feel the loss of one of its own.
Cadets at the base for training were given whatever support they needed, including an offer to cut their trip short and head home. The Air Force will assist the Idaho State Police in investigating the crash. Officials said they would release more details as they become available.
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