Sgt. Roger Matamoros Chavarria

Sgt. Roger Matamoros Chavarria (Provided by 1st Armored Division Public Affairs)

AUSTIN, Texas –– A 27-year-old Army sergeant died in a military vehicle collision during training at Fort Bliss, post officials said Wednesday.

Sgt. Roger Matamoros Chavarria, a motor transport operator, was assigned to 123rd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, according to a news release. The accident occurred “late Friday evening,” but no further details were provided.

The incident is under investigation by the Army Combat Readiness Center.

“The [123rd Brigade Support Battalion] is incredibly saddened by the tragic loss of Sgt. Matamoros Chavarria and we grieve with his family and friends during this incredibly difficult time,” said Lt. Col. Gilberto Escobedo, battalion commander.

Matamoros Chavarria enlisted in the Army from Key West, Fla., in November 2012, according to the news release. He has been stationed at Fort Bliss in western Texas since January 2019.

His awards include an Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, a Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, a Korea Defense Service Medal, a Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, an Army Service Ribbon, an Overseas Service Ribbon, four Certificates of Achievement, a Combat Action Badge and an Air Assault Badge. Twitter: @Rose_Lori

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Rose L. Thayer is based in Austin, Texas, and she has been covering the western region of the continental U.S. for Stars and Stripes since 2018. Before that she was a reporter for Killeen Daily Herald and a freelance journalist for publications including The Alcalde, Texas Highways and the Austin American-Statesman. She is the spouse of an Army veteran and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism. Her awards include a 2021 Society of Professional Journalists Washington Dateline Award and an Honorable Mention from the Military Reporters and Editors Association for her coverage of crime at Fort Hood.

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