Two soldiers dead in weather-related incident in Georgia, Army says

Two soldiers based at Fort Benning, Georgia, died and three others were injured in a weather-related incident Tuesday during training on a mountain in the northern part of the state, Army officials said Tuesday.Five Ranger candidates were struck by a falling tree during a training program at Yonah Mountain’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, according to the U.S. Army Fort Benning Facebook page.Army officials said 2nd Lt. Evan Fitzgibbon and Staff Sgt. George Taber were pronounced deceased at the hospital. Of the three other candidates who were injured, two were treated for non-life threatening injuries and one remains stable under medical care. According to the Army, Fitzgibbon was an infantry officer and graduate of West Point who was commissioned in May 2021. Taber was a Special Forces Medical Sergeant assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. He had served in the Army since his enlistment in March 2017. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and leadership of these two outstanding leaders who unexpectedly lost their lives in the pursuit of excellence,” Army officials wrote on the Fort Benning Facebook page.Details about what happened have not been released.The Army conducts training on Yonah Mountain including the Ranger School’s Mountain Phase. Soldiers who train on the mountain typically will report out of Camp Merrill in the northern part of the state. Yonah Mountain is about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta and 170 miles northeast of Fort Benning.This is the second deadly incident involving soldiers stationed in Georgia in the past month. In late July, Sgt. 1st Class Michael D. Clark was killed by a lightning strike at Fort Gordon near Augusta. Nine other soldiers were also injured in the incident.

Two soldiers based at Fort Benning, Georgia, died and three others were injured in a weather-related incident Tuesday during training on a mountain in the northern part of the state, Army officials said Tuesday.

Five Ranger candidates were struck by a falling tree during a training program at Yonah Mountain’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, according to the U.S. Army Fort Benning Facebook page.

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Army officials said 2nd Lt. Evan Fitzgibbon and Staff Sgt. George Taber were pronounced deceased at the hospital. Of the three other candidates who were injured, two were treated for non-life threatening injuries and one remains stable under medical care.

According to the Army, Fitzgibbon was an infantry officer and graduate of West Point who was commissioned in May 2021. Taber was a Special Forces Medical Sergeant assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. He had served in the Army since his enlistment in March 2017.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends, and leadership of these two outstanding leaders who unexpectedly lost their lives in the pursuit of excellence,” Army officials wrote on the Fort Benning Facebook page.

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Details about what happened have not been released.

The Army conducts training on Yonah Mountain including the Ranger School’s Mountain Phase. Soldiers who train on the mountain typically will report out of Camp Merrill in the northern part of the state.

Yonah Mountain is about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta and 170 miles northeast of Fort Benning.

This is the second deadly incident involving soldiers stationed in Georgia in the past month. In late July, Sgt. 1st Class Michael D. Clark was killed by a lightning strike at Fort Gordon near Augusta. Nine other soldiers were also injured in the incident.

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