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Military IDs Nevada soldiers injured in training crash

Soldiers from the 72nd Military Police Company, North Las Vegas, Nev., are recognized with certificates of appreciation by Maj. Gen. Todd Semonite, commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command–Afghanistan, at Resolute Support Headquarters, Afghanistan, June 17. The unit’s security and transportation support enables Essential Function One advisers to successfully engage with Afghan leaders on development of a resource informed budget and execution of a spend plan. (Lt. j.g. Charity Edgar/Resolute Support Headquarters)

Military officials Friday identified three Las Vegas-area Nevada National Guardsmen injured in a fatal rollover crash during a training exercise Wednesday in Louisiana.

One active-duty soldier died and 12 other soldiers were injured in total after military vehicles “failed to navigate a turn on uneven terrain” during overnight training at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, La., officials said.

The local injured guardsmen, stationed in Las Vegas with the 72nd Military Police Company, suffered survivable injuries, officials said.

They are: Spc. Patrick Kelly, 27, of Henderson, who suffered broken ribs and a hurt back; Spc. Brennan Garcia, 23, of Las Vegas, who injured his back and had cuts to his face, and Staff Sgt. Damian Jorgensen, 30, of Las Vegas, who was treated at the scene for seemingly minor injuries, officials said.

Kelly and Garcia have since left the hospital, officials said. Officials initially said four Nevada guardsmen had been hurt.

Investigators are looking into whether proper safety procedures and measures were followed,” officials wrote in a news release.

All of the members in Kelly, Garcia and Jorgensen’s unit are slated to return from the annual training when it ends on May 25.


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