PHOENIX - A tragic training accident at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California claimed the life of a Valley teen on April 10th. As a family grieves, we're learning more about 19-year-old Army Private Julian Diaz.
"Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Pvt. Diaz," Maj. Gen. Willard Burleson III, the 7th Infantry Division commanding general said. "In conjunction with the Army Safety Center, we will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident. The Soldiers of 1-2 SBCT honor Pvt. Diaz through their steadfast commitment, care for each other, and their will to get better every day."
Officials stated that Diaz enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2017, and served in the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, since December 2017, as an indirect fire infantryman. He was awarded the National Defense and Army Service Ribbons, respectively.
Diaz graduated from Tolleson Union High School.
The circumstances surrounding his death are under investigation.
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