Fort Carson soldier killed in training accident in California

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FORT CARSON, Colo. — A Fort Carson soldier was killed in a training accident at Fort Irwin, California.

Fort Carson officials said the soldier died from injuries sustained in a Stryker vehicle rollover while conducting maneuvers at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin. The accident happened Thursday, September 24. The soldier was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, where he died Wednesday.

The soldier has been identified as Staff Sgt. Christopher Popham, 38. He was assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. Originally from Prattville, Alabama, Popham joined the Army on September 19, 2012. He deployed three times to Iraq during his 13 years in the Army. He arrived at Fort Carson as a cavalry scout in January 2015.

“The Blackhawk squadron has deeply felt the loss of Staff Sgt. Christopher Popham,” Lt. Col. Steven Barry, commander, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st SBCT, 4th Inf. Div., said in a statement. “A true professional known for always ‘getting it done,’ we will all miss him. In short, he was a great tanker who loved his job and his Soldiers—somebody you would want on your team in a fight. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Fort Carson officials said two other soldiers were in the Stryker at the time of the rollover. They were not injured.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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