Ft Hood soldier killed in Europe training accident

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A  1st Cavalry Division soldier from Fort Hood has been  killed in an accident in the Grafenwoehr Training Area of Germany.

Specialist Andrew S Ortega had been deployed in support of Atlantic Resolved and died Sunday.

He was a Horizontal Construction Engineer with the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.

A statement issued by U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs said only that the incident remains under investigation.

“On behalf of the soldiers and families of Ironhorse,  I extend my deepest condolences to Specialist Ortega’s family,” said Colonel Wilson R Rutherford IV, commander of the 1st ABCT.

“Andrew’s service and dedication to the brigade’s mission are displays of his true character and professionalism,” he said.

Ortega joined the Army in September 2016 and arrived at Fort Hood in March 2017.

He was 32 years old and was on his first rotation to Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve.

His home of record was Hernandez,  New Mexico.


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