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Lewis-McChord Soldier, 20, Killed In Training Accident

April 27, 2022Matt White
Joseph Marquez, a soldier based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was killed in a training accident at Yakima Training Center in Washington on Monday, April 25. Photo courtesy  8-1 Cavalry Squadron Facebook Page, US Army.

Joseph Marquez, a soldier based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was killed in a training accident at Yakima Training Center in Washington on Monday, April 25. Photo courtesy 8-1 Cavalry Squadron Facebook Page, US Army.

A 20-year-old soldier assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord was killed in a training accident at Yakima Training Center in Washington on Monday.


Pfc. Joseph Marquez, a native of Dover, Delaware, was killed in a vehicle accident on April 25 that also injured two others, according to a release from the 7th Infantry Division. Marquez was a motor transport operator in the division’s 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team at JBLM, Washington. The base is about a three-hour drive from the sprawling training range.


Lewis-McChord soldier killed
Spc. Noland Motes of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division conducts M240 machine gun training with members of the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force during training in 2021 at Yakima Training Center, Wa. The Lewis-McChord soldier killed Monday was assigned to the 2nd Stryker Brigade. Army photo.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Pfc. Marquez,” said Lt. Col. Michael Filanowski, commander of 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, in a press release. “Blackhawk Squadron sends its deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Our prayers and thoughts are with them during this difficult time.”


The 7th ID includes two Stryker brigade combat teams, one national guard Stryker brigade and a combat aviation brigade. A Stryker brigade combat team is composed of about 3,600 soldiers.


The Army said the cause of the accident is under investigation.






Matt White
Matt White

Matt White is a former senior editor for Coffee or Die Magazine. He was a pararescueman in the Air Force and the Alaska Air National Guard for eight years and has more than a decade of experience in daily and magazine journalism.

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