Name released of Fort Campbell soldier killed in training incident

Fort Campbell soldier killed in training accident
Published: Aug. 2, 2018 at 12:27 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2018 at 8:44 PM CDT
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FORT CAMPBELL, KY (KFVS) - A soldier at Fort Campbell died on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

According to Fort Campbell officials, a soldier with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) died during a training at 2:00 p.m.

Pvt. 2nd Class Jeremy J. Wells, 19, of Adairsville, Georgia, was an aircraft electrician in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

He joined the Army in 2017, and completed training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Eustis, Virginia before arriving to Fort Campbell in 2018. His decorations include: National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Basic Aviation Badge.

He was posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal.

At the time of the incident Wells was conducting weapons training at a small-arms range on Fort Campbell.

He was treated immediately and medically evacuated to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on Fort Campbell where he died of his wounds.

No other Soldiers were injured.

"101st Combat Aviation Brigade has lost an incredible member of the Destiny family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of this Soldier," said Lt. Col. Cayton Johnson, commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (Rear), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). "We ask that everyone respect the privacy of his family as they grieve this tragic loss."

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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"Our hearts mourn for the family during this tragic time," said Brig. Gen. Todd Royar, acting senior commander of the 101st Airborne and Fort Campbell. "We are eternally grateful for this Soldier's service to his country and to the 101st Airborne Division."

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