Central HS graduate one of the soldiers killed in Fort Hood training incident

The U.S. Army has confirmed that San Angelo Central High School graduate, 19-year-old Isaac DeLeon was among the soldiers killed in the June 2 training incident at Fort Hood. 

DeLeon was one of the soldiers traveling in a light medium tactical vehicle when it rolled over in a low water crossing during a training exercise June 2. He entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as an 88M Motor Transport Operator and was assigned to third Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, second Armored Brigade Combat Team, first 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, according to the United States Army’s Fort Hood Press Center.

Fort Hood officials have also released the names of the eight other soldiers who died.

The soldiers were: 25-year-old Spc. Yingming Sun of Monterey Park, California; 38-year-old Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez of Brooklyn, New York; 27-year-old Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong of Twentynine Palms, California; 22-year-0ld Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner of Milton, Florida, 23-year-old Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller of Palmetto, Florida; 20-year-old Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates of Dunn, North Carolina; 21-year-old Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James of Jersey City, New Jersey; and 21-year-old Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey of Valparaiso, Indiana.

The search for remaining missing soldiers ended Friday when their remains were recovered. Three soldiers who were rescued were listed Friday morning in stable condition and expected to be released over the weekend.

Emergency personnel responded to a swift-water rescue call at 11:20 a.m. June 2. The light medium tactical vehicle was reportedly stuck in an area near Cold Springs and Owl Creek off of East Range Road at Fort Hood. The area was not marked as a low water crossing, according to reports.

Commanding General John C. Thomson III, 1st Cavalry Division released a statement saying, “The 1st Cavalry Division is grieving after a training accident at Fort Hood during flash flooding this morning. We are deeply saddened by the loss of several Troopers and continue search operations. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated during this difficult time as we care for the families, loved ones, and fellow Soldiers of those impacted by this tragedy. God Bless the First Team.”

Fort Hood issued a statement saying the Army post is working closely with local relief organizations and agencies to determine where additional help and supplies are needed to assist the families of the Owl Creek incident.

“Fort Hood has received an enormous outpouring of donation support from our local and national communities,” said Col. Todd Fox, Fort Hood Garrison commander. “Currently, public donations to assist Fort Hood Families affected by the tragedy are being accepted by the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare & Recreation and the American Red Cross.”

Families seeking information should call the Fort Hood Family Assistance Center at 254-288-7570 or 866-836-2751.

For more information from the Red Cross, please call 254-200-4400 or go to waco.redcross.org.