Oklahoma Guard soldier dies following Army Combat Fitness Test

A soldier in the Oklahoma National Guard died earlier this month through a schooling mishap, Army officials confirmed.

Spc. Jaykob R. Pruitt, 19, of Bennington, Oklahoma, a cavalry scout with the condition Guard’s 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment, was located unresponsive the early morning of March 4 immediately after completing the two-mile run part of the Army Battle Conditioning Exam, in accordance to a preliminary reduction report posted by the service.

CPR was administered and emergency clinical services have been contacted before Pruitt was transported to a neighborhood medical center, where by he was pronounced lifeless, the report extra.

The incident occurred at the McAlester Military Ammunition Plant in McAlester, Oklahoma, Maj. Kristin Tschetter, a spokesperson from the Oklahoma Nationwide Guard, explained to Military Periods.

“Since 2018, the Military has shed an ordinary of 1 [s]oldier a year to on-responsibility athletics, recreation and bodily coaching mishaps,” the report observed. “This was the 3rd … of [fiscal year 2023] and above the number of on-duty sports, recreation and physical teaching fatalities from this time very last calendar year.”

The Army shed a few troopers to sports activities, recreation and actual physical education-relevant mishaps in fiscal calendar year 2022, in accordance to the once-a-year assessment of the Military basic safety application.

“One [s]oldier collapsed and died for the duration of a unit actual physical training [event] and two died thanks to drowning, 1 throughout pool certification and the other in a lake in the course of an organizational day occasion. Additionally, a foreign countrywide soldier schooling in just the U.S. was concerned in a drowning mishap,” the report explained.

Pruitt’s passing comes on the heels of an incident in February, when a soldier at Camp Humphreys, Korea, Spc. Sunshine-Ho Lee, died in another on-responsibility athletics, recreation and physical training mishap, according to another preliminary decline report.

Pruitt joined the Oklahoma Military National Guard in Oct 2020, in accordance to a press release shared with Army Occasions. He acquired various awards and decorations, together with the Army Accomplishment Medal, National Protection Assistance Medal and the Army Provider Ribbon.

He was laid to relaxation with whole army honors on March 11.

“Our views and prayers are with Jaykob’s loved ones, close friends and our fellow [s]oldiers,” Maj. Gen. Thomas H. Mancino, adjutant normal for Oklahoma, explained in the launch. “Together, we are mourning the devastating decline of a promising younger male and [s]oldier.”

The induce of Pruitt’s death is below investigation by the McAlester health care examiner, nevertheless the status of that course of action is unclear at this time, Lt. Col. LeeAnn R. Tumblson, a further spokesperson from the Oklahoma National Guard, informed Military Times.

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