Two U.S. soldiers met a tragic end earlier this week when their transport vehicle overturned in a training area outside Salcha, Alaska; the Army has now publicly identified these soldiers as Spc. Brian Joshua Snowden, 22, and Spc. Jeremy Daniel Evans, 23.
The unfortunate accident occurred on Monday in the Yukon Training Area, as confirmed by Fort Wainwright through a Facebook announcement. Both men were part of the esteemed 11th Airborne Division.
“This is an incredible loss for all of us across the division,” Maj. Gen. Brian Eifler, the commanding general of the 11th Airborne Division, stated.
The mishap took place when 17 soldiers were aboard a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle. This vehicle, designed for transporting troops, was on a dirt road leading into the Yukon Training Area. A news release from the U.S. Army Alaska detailed that the driver at some point lost control, causing the vehicle to flip. Army spokesperson John Pennell relayed this information to local media outlet KTUU.
Among the 12 soldiers who suffered injuries, two faced critical conditions and were immediately airlifted to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage. Both Snowden and Evans had enlisted in the Army in July 2020. Their training took place at Fort Moore, Georgia. Evans made his way to Alaska in January 2021, followed by Snowden in March. Fort Wainwright, where they were stationed, is a prominent U.S. Army installation located in Fairbanks, Alaska.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, and fellow soldiers of Spc. Evans and Spc. Snowden,” Eifler expressed his condolences. He further added, “While we’re always challenged by the environment, we’re Arctic Angels, we overcome these challenges and accomplish our mission by being a team, and teams take care of one another, especially in times like these.”
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