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Preliminary Loss Reports (PLRs)

About Preliminary Loss Reports (PLRs)

Preliminary Loss Reports provide leaders with awareness of Army loss and highlight potential trends that affect combat readiness. Within 72 hours of a loss, PLRs provide a synopsis of the incident: unit, date of loss, description of the activity at the time of the death. PLRs do not identify root causes of an accident, as the investigation is ongoing. Further details will be available later on RMIS (account required).

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PLR 22-001 - GMV Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, Other
A Private First Class assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died in a government motor vehicle (GMV) mishap 4 October 2021 at 1300 local. Five Soldiers were returning from land navigation training in an up-armored HMMWV when the vehicle abruptly turned and rolled over on a four lane hard surface road. During the rollover, the truck commander, two passengers, and the gunner were ejected. The Fort Bragg emergency medical service transported the Soldiers to a local medical center for evaluation and further treatment. The emergency room physician pronounced the gunner deceased at 1401.

Since 2016, the Army has experienced an average of 12 GMV mishaps per year. This mishap is the first GMV fatality of FY22 and below the number of similar mishaps during the same time period last year.


Per AR 385-10 Chapter 11
11–4. Safe motor vehicle operations
a. Occupant protection (HSPG Number 20)
(1) Occupant protective devices will be worn by all persons in or on an Army-owned motor vehicle whether on or off the installation.

Tips:
Stay Alert – Avoid Distractions
Distractions are everywhere today and becoming more and more difficult to avoid. Remember that, as a driver, your primary task is to operate your vehicle safely. It only takes a few seconds to get yourself and your passengers in a situation that could start a chain reaction that leads to a motor vehicle mishap. Always keep these tips in mind when driving or as a passenger.

1. Avoid distractions while operating a vehicle.
2. Always wear your seat belt and ensure your passengers do the same.
3. Your focus should be on the task of driving safely.
4. Pay attention to your surroundings, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area where you’re driving.
5. Focus as far to your front as possible using peripheral vision to scan for obstacles.
6. Maintain the posted speed limit.

 

 

PLR 21-100 - PMV-4 Mishap Claims Two Soldiers' Lives

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, PMV-4
A Sergeant First Class assigned to Medical Degree Preparatory University in Maryland, died in a PMV-4 mishap 26 September 2021 in Flintstone, Maryland at 1418 local. The Soldier was driving his Volkswagon Jetta while traveling eastbound on Interstate 68, east of Pleasant Valley Road. He struck the rear of a semi-tractor trailer as it was traveling in the same direction. The Soldier was pronounced deceased on scene. The passenger of the Soldier’s vehicle sustained serious injuries and was transported by the State Police to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia. Unknown at this time if speed or alcohol was a factor. The Maryland State Police is currently conducting the investigation.

Since 2016, the Army has lost an average of 36 Soldiers a year to off-duty PMV-4 mishaps. This mishap was the 44th PMV-4 fatality of FY21.


Stay Alert – Avoid Distractions

Distractions are everywhere today and becoming more and more difficult to avoid. Remember that, as a pedestrian, your eyes and ears are your best tools for keeping safe. Stay alert and watch out.

•Put down your phone. Smartphones and handheld electronic devices are a daily part of life, but they take your eyes off of the road and distract your attention.
•Don’t wear headphones. Your ears will tell you a lot about what is happening around you – be sure to use them.

1. Never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
2. Avoid distractions while operating a vehicle.
3. Your focus should be on the task of driving safely.
4. Pay attention to your surroundings especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area you’re driving in.
5. Focus as far to your front as possible using peripheral vision to scan for obstacles.
6. Maintain the posted speed limit.
7. Always wear your seat belt and ensure your passengers do the same.

 

 

PLR 21-099 – PMV-2 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, PMV-2
A Sergeant assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, died in a PMV-2 mishap 25 September 2021 in Toledo, Washington, at 1316 local. The Soldier was operating his motorcycle and involved in a fatal head on collision. The specific circumstances of the mishap, including speed, Soldier’s use of personal protective equipment, completion of the required Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic RiderCourse, and the involvement of alcohol or drugs are unknown at this time. The unit/safety points of contact are waiting for local law enforcement to release their report.

Since 2016, the Army has lost an average of 27 Soldiers a year to off-duty PMV-2 mishaps. This mishap was the 24th off-duty PMV-2 fatality of FY21.

 

 

PLR 21-098 – PMV-2 Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, PMV-2
A Sergeant assigned to Fort Hood, Texas, died in a PMV-2 mishap 28 August 2021 in Bell County, Texas, at 1300 local. The Soldier was operating a motorcycle involved in a single-vehicle mishap. He was found unconscious with signs of severe head trauma. The Soldier was taken to the local hospital, underwent emergency surgery, and placed in a medically induced coma. The Soldier died as a result of his injures on 14 September 2021. The specific circumstances of the mishap, including speed, Soldier’s use of personal protective equipment, and the involvement of alcohol or drugs are unknown at this time.

Since 2016, the Army has lost an average of 27 Soldiers a year to off-duty PMV-2 mishaps. This mishap was the 23rd off-duty PMV-2 fatality of FY21.

 

 

PLR 21-097 - Combat Skills/Military Unique Claims One Soldier's Life

Posting Date:   /   Categories: Preliminary Loss Reports, Other
A Staff Sergeant assigned to the Army National Guard, Draper, Utah, died in a combat skills/military unique mishap 21 September 2021 on Fort Campbell, Kentucky, at approximately 1440 local. The Soldier was participating in a 1,500-meter surface swim at Joe Swing Park Quarry during the 5th Special Forces Group (SFG) (Airborne) Maritime Assessment Course, when he submerged and never resurfaced. The search began immediately with 5th SFG (A) divers who were then joined by local search-and-rescue support elements. At approximately 2100, the search was suspended due to weather and limited visibility. The search resumed the following morning and the Soldier’s remains were recovered at approximately 1103. The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center is leading a safety investigation into the mishap.

Since 2016, the Army has lost an average of three Soldiers a year to combat skills/military unique mishaps. This tragedy was the fifth combat skills/military unique fatality of FY21.

 

 

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