A Specialist assigned to Henderson, Tennessee, died in an Army combat vehicle mishap 24 January 2020 in Syria at 1023 local. The Soldier was serving as the gunner in an M1240A1 M-ATV (MRAP) during mounted operations when the vehicle overturned. Initial reports from the scene indicate that the Soldier was wearing the Gunner's Restraint System. He was reportedly unconscious and unresponsive when evacuated to the nearest troop medical clinic, where he was pronounced dead. The mishap is under investigation.
Since FY16, the Army has lost an average of 12 Soldiers a year to Army vehicle mishaps. This mishap is the third fatal Army vehicle mishap in FY20. While the Army is below the eight Army vehicle fatalities during the same time period in FY19, this mishap serves as a stark reminder for leaders to continue to be proactive in risk management during Army vehicle operations.