Fort Jackson, South Carolina – A 17-year-old female soldier in the Pennsylvania National Guard was killed several days after she fell while training in South Carolina.
soldier. Alyssa Cahoun died Thursday with her family around her, 1st Battalion, 34th Regiment — a basic combat training battalion at Fort Jackson — said on its Facebook page on Friday.
News agencies reported that officials at the base in South Carolina said she collapsed during a physical exercise on August 20. The media reported that she was training there with her twin sister, Brianna Cahon.
The Post and Courier reported that volleyball and basketball team rosters indicate Kahun was a rookie high school student in Forest City, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania near Scranton.
“We express our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased soldier and his teammates,” said the Fort Jackson commanding officer, brigadier general. General Patrick R. Michaelis.
The Battalion website said Saturday that the Kahon family is asking people to collect raffle tokens and give them to local Ronald MacDonald homes for fundraising in their memory.
An investigation into Kahun’s death is underway, according to a statement from Fort Jackson.
The State newspaper reported that Kahun were human resources specialists in the battalion’s Bravo Company.
The newspaper reported that HR professionals must undergo eight weeks and five days of advanced infantry training at Fort Jackson.
Fort Jackson is the largest military training base in the country, with more than 50,000 recruits recruited there each year.
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