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US Army identifies soldier killed in Kuwait vehicle accident

Staff Sgt. Anthony Bermudez, 28, died in Kuwait Jan. 11, 2021. (U.S. Army/Released)
January 14, 2021

A U.S. Army soldier who died in a non-combat vehicle accident in Kuwait on Monday has now been identified.

Staff Sgt. Anthony Bermudez, 28, from Dallas, Texas, died in the vehicle accident during a routine troop movement near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, according to an Army statement provided to American Military News.

Bermudez was assigned to Area Support Group – Kuwait, along with two other soldiers who were injured in the accident.

One soldier was transported to Al Jahra Hospital in Kuwait, and later transported to U.S. Military Hospital-Kuwait where they remain in stable condition. The second injured soldier, who was driving the vehicle, was transported to U.S. Military Hospital-Kuwait with “non-serious injuries,” and released on Tuesday.

Bermudez was a small arms and artillery repairer and non-commissioned officer. He had enlisted in the Army in 2011. He deployed for the first time to Kuwait in June 2020.

Bermudez had received the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (third award), the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (second award), the Parachute Badge, and Expert Qualification Badge for the carbine.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Bermudez,” said Lt. Col. Randy McClendon, Base Support Battalion – Kuwait Commander. “Anthony was a vital asset to our team, a dedicated professional, and his service will not be forgotten.”

The incident comes two months after U.S. Air Force Capt. Kelliann Leli died in a “non-combat related vehicle incident at Al Dhafra Air Base,” United Arab Emirates on Nov. 27.

Two months earlier, a U.S. Air Force airman was killed and two airmen injured in a nondescript vehicle crash outside Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait on Sept 12.

In that crash, 26-year-old Senior Airman Jason Khai Phan was identified as the deceased airman. The two injured airmen were transported to a hospital at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait with non-life-threatening injuries.