Octavious Lakes Jr.
Photo: Army Times
Photo: Army Times

22-year-old Buford soldier killed in vehicle rollover during training

A soldier killed Monday in a rollover crash during training was identified as a 22-year-old combat engineer from Buford, the Army Times reported. 

Spc. Octavious Lakes Jr. was in a Bradly Fighting Vehicle that rolled over during a rotation at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., according to a news release.

Lakes, who enlisted out of Buford in March 2017, had been at the Fort Hood military base in Texas since June of that year, the release said. His awards include two Army Achievement Medals, a Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal and a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

“On behalf of Greywolf soldiers and families, Command Sgt. Maj. (Alfred) Ronneburg and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Spc. Octavious Lakes,” Col. Kevin Capra, commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, said in the release. “His dedication, professionalism and spirit will be missed, but never forgotten.”

Three other soldiers were also injured in the incident, Fort Hood spokesman Kenneth Drylie told Army Times. Two were treated for injuries at the training center’s on-post hospital, while the third was flown to Loma Linda, Calif., for further treatment.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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