Now, this is sad. Most families worry about getting that phone call after their loved one has already shipped off but how could anyone expect that their beloved wouldn’t even make it past training? A solider died during a training exercise in Southern California the U.S. Army reported on Sunday. Find out more after the jump.


Pfc. Andrew Sass was killed at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin on Saturday, according to Lt. Col Joe Sowers. Further details on the incident have yet to be disclosed but the death is currently under investigation.

Sass, a Fremont, North Carolina native, was only 23 years old. He enlisted in May of 2013 and was assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle. At the time of his death he was serving a monthlong training mission at Fort Irwin.

While he did not serve on an overseas deployment yet, Sass received multiple awards and decorations including the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Can’t help but wonder what could’ve possibly happened. Aren’t our training soldiers in good hands? Was it just a freak accident? Or are conditions too dangerous during training? Guess we’ll have to wait until details emerge to find out.