Fort Bliss names two soldiers killed in training exercise wreck

Military

Fort Bliss has released the name of the two soldiers who were killed in a wreck Tuesday in Otero County.

Cpl. Cole Trevor Wixom, 24, and Pfc. Jamie R. Riley, 21, died when two training vehicles collided on U.S. 54 near McGregor Range, N.M.

“It is with an incredibly heavy heart that we announce the unfortunate loss of two of our Ready First Soldiers and injuries to several others in a tragic event that occurred Tuesday evening,” said Col. Michael J. Trotter, commander of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, in an Army news release. “We honor them by remembering their selfless service to the U.S. Army and the nation.  Our sincere condolences go to the families of Cpl. Wixom, Pfc. Riley and their Ready First teammates.”

Wixom was from Bloomingdale, Mich. and had been in the Army since Aug. 2016. He arrived at Fort Bliss that same year and was deployed to Afghanistan once.

Riley was from Fair Haven, N.J. and joined the Army in Jan. 2018 and came to Fort Bliss in June.

Seven other soldiers were injured in the accident. They are being treated.

The cause of the accident was not released by the Army and an investigation is on-going. 

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