101st Airborne Soldier Killed in Training Exercise at Fort Campbell

December 20, 2021Hannah Ray Lambert
Fort Campbell

Spc. James T. Roberts, a soldier with the 101st Airborne Division, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, when a military vehicle hit him and another soldier during a training exercise week at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. US Army photo courtesy of the 101st Airborne Division.

A soldier with the 101st Airborne Division died when he and another soldier were struck by a military vehicle during a training exercise week at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He is the second soldier to die at Fort Campbell since September.

The crash happened at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, in a training area, according to local news reports. Spc. James T. Roberts, 26, died, and a second soldier was treated for unspecified injuries. The US Army Combat Readiness Center is investigating the incident.

Roberts was from Nashville, Tennessee, and joined the Army as a military intelligence analyst in 2018. In 2019, he was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He deployed in 2020 to the US-Mexico border for seven months. Roberts had received several awards and decorations, including the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

Roberts is survived by his wife, son, and mother.

He is the second soldier to die at Fort Campbell in recent months. A Utah-based Green Beret died in September during a Special Forces combat diver preparation course at Fort Campbell’s Joe Swing Park Reservoir.

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Hannah Ray Lambert
Hannah Ray Lambert

Hannah Ray Lambert is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die who previously covered everything from murder trials to high school trap shooting teams. She spent several months getting tear gassed during the 2020-2021 civil unrest in Portland, Oregon. When she’s not working, Hannah enjoys hiking, reading, and talking about authors and books on her podcast Between Lewis and Lovecraft.

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