Name released of Guard soldier killed in tank training rollover

Staff Sgt. David Gallagher photo courtesy Nevada Army National Guard
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LAS VEGAS, NV (KOLO) - The Nevada Army National Guard has released the name of a soldier killed late Tuesday in a tank rollover at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.

51-year-old Nevada Army Guard Staff Sgt. David Gallagher of Las Vegas died after being involved in an M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank training accident.

Gallagher was assigned to the Nevada Army National Guard's 1st Squadron, 221st Cavalry Regiment, based in Las Vegas. The squadron was participating in a month-long series of combat exercises at Fort Irwin.

Three other Nevada Army Guard soldiers, 27-year-old Sgt. Christian Tijerina of Las Vegas, 20-year-old Pfc. Brandon Fuka of Las Vegas and 19-year-old Pfc. Zachary Little of Las Vegas, were treated at Weed Army Community Hospital at Fort Irwin and released.

Gallagher, an armor crewman, was assigned to D Troop, which is headquartered with the other Nevada troops on Range Road in North Las Vegas. Gallagher initially entered the military in 1988 and enlisted in the Nevada Army Guard in 2009.

"We are saddened by the events that happened to our soldiers at Fort Irwin," Nevada Army National Guard Chief of Staff Col. Cory Schulz says. "Sgt Gallagher was a motivated, dedicated non-commissioned officer who will be greatly missed. As soldiers we strive every day to live up to the example set by him. Again, our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones."

Governor Steve Sisolak says, “I am heartbroken by the loss of one of Nevada’s bravest, Sgt. David Gallagher. He was a leader within his unit and served as a mentor and someone his fellow soldiers looked up to. The First Lady and I continue to send our deepest condolences to Sgt. Gallagher’s wife, and are keeping the Gallagher family, his friends and loved ones, the 221st Cavalry Regiment, and the entire Nevada National Guard family in our prayers during this extremely difficult time.”

Staff Sgt. Gallagher was promoted posthumously to the rank of Sgt. First Class.

The 221st is part of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team. The brigade includes more than 3,200 soldiers and is headquartered in Boise, Idaho, with battalions from Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Oregon. The brigade is completing a month-long training rotation at the U.S. Army's combat training center at Fort Irwin, near Barstow.

The state's ministry team is at Fort Irwin to assist the roughly 650 soldiers in the regiment.

The cause of the accident has not been determined.

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