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 21-045 – Combat Skills/Military Unique Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

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A Specialist assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia, attending Ranger School, died in a combat skills/military unique mishap 25 March 2021 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, at approximately 1826 local. The Soldier was crossing a rope bridge constructed on Weaver River when he became submerged at the halfway point. Four instructors attempted to render aid but were unable to maintain contact. The instructors lost sight of the Soldier for several minutes before locating him unconscious and without pulse. On-site medics began immediate trauma care and air evacuated the Soldier to the local hospital. He was pronounced dead upon arrival by the attending physician.

Since FY16, the Army has lost an average of three Soldiers a year to combat skills/military unique mishaps. This was the first combat skills/military unique mishap of FY21.

Consider the following controls related to post-mishap response:

- Qualified and equipped medical personnel will be present to respond to any mishap.
- Medical transportation must be available. Identify locations and routes to the nearest medical treatment facilities.
- Verify level of care available at local medical treatment facilities.
- Verify availability and request procedures for MEDEVAC.
- Brief all Soldiers on medical evacuation procedures and communication methods.
- Ensure multiple forms of communication are available; primary, alternate, contingency, emergency (PACE) and operational.
- Conduct mishap response rehearsals.



PLR 21-026 - GMV Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

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A Staff Sergeant assigned to Camp Eagle, South Korea, died in a Government Motor Vehicle mishap 4 January 2021 on Camp Casey, Korea, at 0330 local. The Soldier was driving a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) and arrived to a live-fire complex as the advanced party for a field training exercise. The Soldier and a passenger were in the LMTV near the entry road to the live-fire complex when the vehicle overturned. The Soldier suffered fatal injuries. The passenger is currently being evaluated at the local hospital for minor injuries. Ice is believed to have played a role in the mishap, which is under investigation.

Since 2016, the Army has experienced an average of 18 GMV mishaps per year. This mishap is the fourth GMV mishap of FY21 and slightly above the number of similar mishaps during the same time period last year.

Snow and Ice Reduce Traction:

1. When driving on snow or ice, make sure the vehicle is equipped with chains, snow tires or studded tires.

2. When roads are dangerous because of weather, drive with extra care and at reduced speed according to conditions.

3. Even when a road appears to be generally clear of ice, use caution. There can always be small patches of black ice on the road that can cause even the most experienced operator to have a mishap.

4. A good winter driving rule is to slow down before coming to bridges and shaded places. Be especially careful in late afternoon and after dark.



PLR 20-080 - Government Motor Vehicle Mishap Claims Soldier's Life

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A Sergeant assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas, died in a government motor vehicle (GMV) mishap 28 August 2020 on the installation at 1934 local. The Soldier was the truck commander in an M1120 HEMTT Load Handling System (LHS) that rear-ended another LHS (Vehicle 2)) during convoy operations. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Soldier's seat belt and personal protective equipment use is unknown at this time. It is suspected that Vehicle 2 had stopped due to a maintenance issue. Dusty conditions were reported at the time of the mishap, resulting in limited visibility and a hazardous driving environment. The USACRC is leading a safety investigation into the mishap.

Since FY16, the Army has lost an average of 12 Soldiers in GMV mishaps per year. This was the 11th GMV mishap of FY20 and below the number of similar mishaps during the same time period last year. Ensure your convoy brief addresses control measures to mitigate hazards identified in your risk assessment, such as vehicle restraint use, speed limits and safe following distances. The Joint Risk Assessment Tool (JRAT) provides numerous potential subtasks, hazards and control measures associated with vehicle operations. Check it out at https://jrat.safety.army.mil.



PLR 20-070 – Training-Related Event Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

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A 36-year-old Active Guard and Reserve Sergeant assigned to the Texas Army National Guard, died during a training event conducted on 13 August 2020 at Fort Hood, Texas, at 1645 local. The Soldier was attending the 136th Regional Training Institute 11B Advanced Leader Course and participating in a Land Navigation Course Evaluation. The course began at 0530 and scheduled to end at 1030. The Soldier failed to return to the start point and a search was initiated. The search began with cadre, then with range control. At 1300, local law enforcement was notified and the Soldier was found approximately four hours later. The Soldier was transported to the nearest medical facility and pronounced dead. The cause of the Soldier’s death is unknown at this time. Weather conditions at Fort Hood at the time of the mishap were extremely hot with a high of 100 degrees and 33% humidity. This mishap is under investigation.

This is the first fatality that has occurred on a land navigation course since FY18. Ensure your risk assessment for a Land Navigation Course Evaluation addresses the hazards of exposure to hot weather and Soldiers getting lost on the course. The Joint Risk Assessment Tool (JRAT) provides potential control measures to address these hazards along with many others. This can be found at https://jrat.safety.army.mil



PLR 20-065 – GMV Mishap Claims One Soldier’s Life

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A Sergeant deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve died in a government motor vehicle (GMV) mishap 21 July 2020 in Syria at 1716 local. The Sergeant was performing gunner duties in an M-ATV when the vehicle left the main supply route and overturned. All four crewmembers were evacuated to the local troop medical clinic, where the gunner later died. The three other Soldiers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The use of seat belts and the gunner restraint system is unknown at this time. The mishap is under investigation.

Since FY16, the Army has experienced an average of 19 Class A GMV mishaps resulting in the loss of 12 Soldiers per year. This is the 12th Class A GMV mishap and the 10th GMV fatality of FY20.