Fort Campbell Soldier Killed In Training Accident

Posted at 8:16 PM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-03 22:33:26-04

A 101st Airborne Division Soldier was killed in as a result of a training accident on Fort Campbell.

According to officials, it happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 1.

Pvt. 2nd Class 19-year-old Jeremy J. Wells, of Adairsville, Georgia, was an aircraft electrician in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.

He joined the Army in 2017, and completed training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Fort Eustis, Virginia before arriving to Fort Campbell in 2018. His decorations include: National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Basic Aviation Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal.

At the time of the incident Wells was conducting weapons training at a small-arms range on Fort Campbell. He was treated immediately and medically evacuated to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital on Fort Campbell where he died of his wounds. No other Soldiers were injured.

"101st Combat Aviation Brigade has lost an incredible member of the Destiny family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of this Soldier," said Lt. Col. Cayton Johnson, commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (Rear), 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). "We ask that everyone respect the privacy of his family as they grieve this tragic loss."

The cause of the incident is under investigation.