Fort Bliss identifies two soldiers who died in Stryker crash in New Mexico
By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: January 25, 2019
Cpl. Cole Trevor Wixom and Pfc. Jamie R. Riley were identified by service officials as the Fort Bliss soldiers who died during a training exercise this week in New Mexico.
Seven others were also injured during the Tuesday evening collision between two Stryker vehicles at the McGregor Range Training Complex, according to the Associated Press. Wixom and Riley were both 1st Armored Division soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment.
Wixom, a 24-year-old native of Bloomingdale, Mich., was an infantryman who had been in the Army since 2016 and deployed to Afghanistan in 2017, according to a Thursday statement from Fort Bliss. Riley, a 21-year-old from Fair Haven, N.J., was a cavalry scout who enlisted in 2018.
“We honor them by remembering their selfless service to the U.S. Army and the nation. Our sincere condolences go to the families of Cpl. Wixom, Pfc. Riley and their Ready First teammates," Col. Michael J. Trotter, commander of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, said in the statement.
The accident took place around 7:30 p.m. in Otero County, N.M., the El Paso Times reported. According to the newspaper, the other soldiers are being treated for their injuries.