2 Fort Hood soldiers who died in Texas floods are from tri-state

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NEW YORK  — Fort Hood officials have released the names of the nine soldiers who died during a training accident when their vehicle overturned in flood waters at Owl Creek on June 2.

Two of the soldiers are from the tri-state area.

Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez and Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James (Facebook)

Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez and Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James (Facebook)

Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, 38, of Brooklyn, New York, entered active-duty military service in July 2003 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since May 2011.

Colonvazquez deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from September 2005 to September 2006 and in support of Operation New Dawn from May 2011 to November 2011. He also deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2008 to May 2009 and from July 2013 to March 2014.

Colonvazquez’s awards and decorations include five Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Korea Defense Service Medals, Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge with wheeled vehicle and Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Marksman with Carbine.

Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, 21, of Jersey City, New Jersey, entered active-duty military service in November 2015 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.

James’s awards and decorations include a National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

Others killed were Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates and Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey.

One soldier’s next of kin is still pending formal notification.

The accident is under investigation.