Stratford soldier in basic training dies in South Carolina
A Connecticut National Guard soldier who died Tuesday night in South Carolina, has been identified as Pvt. Angel Cortes-Torres, 29, of Stratford.
Cortes-Torres suffered a “medical emergency while conducting a non-strenuous activity,” at Fort Jackson, according to an initial press release from Thomas Byrd, a U.S. Army public affairs specialist based at Fort Jackson in Columbia.
Cortes-Torres was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead at around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
Capt. David Pytlik, the director of public affairs for the Connecticut National Guard, said Thursday morning that Cortes-Torres had joined the National Guard in December and left for basic training in Fort Jackson on March 4.
Cortes-Torres would have been assigned to the 192nd Engineer Battalion in Stratford following nine weeks of basic training, according to Pytlik.
“It is with great sadness that I inform you of the untimely death of Private Angel Cortes-Torres due to natural causes,” wrote Major General Francis J. Evon, the adjutant general for the Connecticut National Guard, in a Facebook post Thursday morning.
“The loss of any member of the Connecticut National Guard family is a tragic event and our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Private Cortes-Torres as well as 五福彩票注册送15元 A (FSC), 192nd Engineer Battalion and the Recruit Sustainment Program.”
“Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the soldier’s death,” wrote Brigadier General Milford Beagle, the commanding officer at Fort Jackson, in a statement issued Wednesday.
“Results of the investigations will be provided first, to our soldier’s family, who rightfully deserve the information, and if the family chooses we will release it to the public.”
Fort Jackson is the nation’s largest military basic training base with more than 50,000 recruits assigned there each year.