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Decorated Fort Hood Army trooper is killed during training exercises in California 

An often-honored army trooper died in a collective training incident Thursday California.

Specialist Joseph Meitl Jr., 23, died Thursday in an incident in Fort Irwin, California that is still being investigated by military officials.

Meitl Jr. was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st CAV Division at Fort Hood after joining the Army in May 2020.

‘Specialist Joseph Meitl Jr. was a valuable member of our Steel Dragon team. We are deeply saddened by the loss of an incredible Trooper and teammate, ‘said Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Carpenter, Commander, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment.

‘We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this time of mourning and reflection, ‘Carpenter added.

Specialist Joseph Meitl Jr., 23, died Thursday in an incident in Fort Irwin, California that is still under investigation by military officials

Lt. Colonel Christopher Carpenter, Commander, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment (pictured left) announced the death of Meitl Jr.

Lt. Colonel Christopher Carpenter, Commander, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment (pictured left) announced the death of Meitl Jr.

Meitl Jr. participated in collective training at the National Training Center in California

Meitl Jr. participated in collective training at the National Training Center in California

Meitl was an armored cannon crew who had worked all week in training his brigade at the National Training Center in Fort Hood, California.

He was awarded an Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon during his service.

The leadership of his unit will continue to provide support and assistance to his family during this difficult time.

The base has come under extra control in recent years because of everything from suicides to sexual assaults that occur on the base.

Spc. Vanessa Guillen, then 20, disappeared in April 2020 and was later found dead with a hammer in the armory where she worked.

In 2020, 20-year-old Spc. Vanessa Guillen (pictured) disappeared from Fort Hood and was later found murdered with a hammer in the armory where she worked

In 2020, 20-year-old Spc. Vanessa Guillen (pictured) disappeared from Fort Hood and was later found murdered with a hammer in the armory where she worked

Meitl Jr. served in the Army Corps at Fort Hood, Texas

Meitl Jr. served in the Army Corps at Fort Hood, Texas

The main suspect in her disappearance, Spc. Aaron Robinson, 20, killed himself when investigators confronted him.

The string of deaths led to an independent review of the climate and culture at Fort Hood and led to the punishment of 14 senior officers.

The army later published a report on her findings, which revealed that Guillen was sexually assaulted and reported it twice.

It said Guillen’s leaders did not take appropriate action and that the accusations were not shifted within the command chain.

Her family has continued to push for change leading to federal lawmakers introducing legislation on how to handle sexual offenses outside the commando chain and handing them over to independent military prosecutors.

US Army Deputy Chiefs of Staff Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, left, and Colonel William Zielinski discuss the People First Center, a new training and resource facility in Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday, October 7, 2021

US Army Deputy Chiefs of Staff Lt. Gen. Gary Brito, left, and Colonel William Zielinski discuss the People First Center, a new training and resource facility in Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday, October 7, 2021

The III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood Army Base in Fort Hood, Texas

The III Corps Headquarters at Fort Hood Army Base in Fort Hood, Texas

Reports of toxic culture and base abuse have been under increased focus as a result of the 31 soldiers associated with the fort who lost their lives in 2020.

Army officials unveiled in October a new resource and training center at Fort Hood that aims to create a more supportive culture following reports of murder, suicide and sexual assault at the combat military facility in Texas.

The People First Center will provide resources and support for soldiers who are victims of sexual assault or suicidal ideation, and will aim to prevent such problems by training Fort Hood leaders on how to respond properly, said military officials during a tour of the facility.

The center should become fully operational sometime this year.

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