Army identifies soldier who died while at Wash. training area

By PHIL FEROLITO | Yakima (Wash) Herald-Republic | Published: March 8, 2014

YAKIMA, Wash. — Military officials have released the name of a soldier who died Thursday at the Army’s Yakima Training Center.

Master Sgt. Bert J. Garvin, 45, of Yakima died, according to a news release issued Friday by 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command.

Military officials have released few details about his death, other than to say the incident is under investigation.

However, Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins said he pronounced Garvin dead not long after he shot himself Thursday morning, and the incident was turned over to a military investigator from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Garvin was a truckmaster assigned to the 737th Transportation Company, a Yakima-based subordinate unit of the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, which is headquartered in Marysville.

“The entire command is saddened by the loss of Master Sgt. Garvin,” Capt. Christopher Larsen, an Army spokesman, said in the news release. “Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family at this time of great loss.”

The 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command includes more than 40 Army Reserve units across the West with nearly 4,000 reservists in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.


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