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San Angelo soldier among those killed in Fort Hood training accident

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FORT HOOD, Texas - Fort Hood officials have released the names of eight of nine soldiers who died in a training accident when an Army truck overturned in floodwaters at Fort Hood, Texas.

Among them, Pvt. Issac Lee DeLeon, 19, of San Angelo.

DeLeon entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

DeLeon's awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. DeLeon graduated from Central High School where he participated in JROTC. Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, 38, whose home of record is listed as Brooklyn, New York, entered active-duty military service in July 2003 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since May 2011.

Colonvazquez deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2005 to September 2006 and in support of Operation New Dawn from May 2011 to November 2011. He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2008 to May 2009 and from July 2013 to March 2014.

Colonvazquez's awards and decorations include five Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Korea Defense Service Medals, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle and Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Marksman with Carbine.

Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, 27, whose home of record is listed as Twentynine Palms, California, entered active-duty military service in February 2014 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since September 2014.

Armstrong's awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, 22, whose home of record is listed as Milton, Florida, entered active-duty military service in March 2014 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since July 2014.

Banner's awards and decorations include National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Sharpshooter with Carbine.

Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, 23, whose home of record is listed as Palmetto, Florida, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

Fuller's awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, 20, whose home of record is listed as Dunn, North Carolina, entered active-duty military service in December 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

Gates's awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, 21, whose home of record is listed as Jersey City, New Jersey, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

James's awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, 21, whose home of record is listed as Valparaiso, Indiana, was a member of the United States Military Academy Class of 2018, assigned to Company B, First Regiment. He was a graduate of Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana. He reported to West Point on July 2, 2014.

The final soldier's name was released Sunday, Spc. Yingming Sun. Information about Sun is being collected.

The twelve were on a training mission when their vehicle became stuck in the flooded creek in a remote section of the post Thursday.

In a release late Saturday, officials said a team from the Army Combat Readiness Center in Fort Rucker, Alabama will conduct an investigation into the accident.

Soldiers in a following vehicle rescued three of their comrades after the Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) overturned at Owl Creek on June 2, Maj. Gen. John Uberti told reporters.

Carter: Investigation promised

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, speaking at a press conference in Singapore, said the incident will be investigated. "As always, we'll get to the bottom of this incident and others that occurred this week."

Christopher Haug, spokesman for the post, said the troops were learning to operate the LMTV and were not sent out in conditions too dangerous for training.

"It was a situation where the rain had come and the water was rising quickly," he said. "They regularly pass through these weather conditions like this. This was a tactical vehicle, and at the time they were in proper place. Just an unfortunate accident that occurred quickly."

Owl Creek regularly experiences flash floods, said Michael Harmon, emergency management coordinator for Bell County.

'Routine' training mission

Haug declined to go into detail about the training mission except to describe it as "routine."

Retired Col. Robert Morgan, however, told Waco ABC affiliate KXXV-TV that the LMTV may not operate well in high waters. The truck, which is used to transport troops and cargo, sits from 6 to 8 feet off the ground.

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