Soldier at Schofield is killed in training
The Army releases few details about the incident on one of its firing ranges
For the second time this year, a Schofield Barracks soldier has been killed during a training accident on Oahu.
The Army has released few details about yesterday morning's accident. It said the soldier was preparing for a live-fire exercise on one of its firing ranges.
An Army spokesman would not say whether the soldier was a man or woman, citing the need to first notify the family.
The Army said the incident was under investigation.
On March 10, Staff Sgt. Oscar Rodriguez, 27, a native of Beeville, Texas, was killed and four other soldiers injured when an 81-mm mortar round exploded during a live-fire exercise at the Big Island's Pohakuloa Training Area.
Rodriguez, an Iraq War veteran, was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment. He was killed when a mortar round malfunctioned and exploded.
The Army suspended live-fire training at Pohakuloa following the accident. Pohakuloa Training Area consists of 109,000 acres near the center of the Big Island.
Since 1990, 10 Schofield Barracks soldiers and one from the Hawaii Army National Guard have been killed during training accidents:
» 1990: One Hawaii Army National Guard soldier was killed when he was accidentally shot by an M-60 machine gun during summer annual training exercise at Pohakuloa.
» March 5, 1996: The pilot and co-pilot of an AH-1 Cobra gunship were killed at Schofield Barracks when their engine failed.
» April 12, 2000: A soldier with the 65th Engineer Battalion was killed and four others injured when a mistake was made rigging two bangalore torpedoes at Pohakuloa.
» Feb. 12, 2001: Six soldiers were killed and 11 injured when two Black Hawk helicopters collided during a night training exercise over Kahuku in Hawaii's worst Army training accident.
» April 14, 2002: One soldier was killed and three injured when a hand grenade exploded during a night-training accident at Schofield Barracks.