FORT BLISS, Texas (KTSM) – Fort Bliss officials have identified the soldier killed during an apparent training accident early Tuesday morning.
Officials said Capt. Jonathan Wynkoop, 27, was asleep on his cot in the desert just before 5 a.m. when a large military vehicle backed over him.
Sources told NewsChannel 9 the incident happened in a military training area near Orogrande, New Mexico. The vehicle involved was a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle, known as a M-ATV.
Medical personnel attempted to resuscitate Wynkoop on the scene. He was pronounced dead around 6 a.m.
Wynkoop was one of thousands of soldiers currently taking part in Iron Focus 2015 training. U.S. Army officials said he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, 1st Armored Division.
Wynkoop, who was originally from Maumee, Ohio, attended Bowling Green State University, according to a Fort Bliss spokesman. He arrived at Fort Bliss in 2011.
On her Facebook page, Wynkoop’s wife Rachel wrote, “He was my everything. He was such a great example as a husband, father, son, friend, and colleague. His legacy will live on.”
The incident, which is the first preventable military death of the year at Fort Bliss, is currently under investigation.