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NC soldier, 23, killed during training exercise in California

Pfc. Andrew J. Sass (Photo: U.S. Army)

Pfc. Andrew J. Sass (Photo: U.S. Army)

FREMONT, N.C. — A North Carolina soldier was killed Saturday during a training exercise at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., according to the military.

WRAL-TV reported that the death of Pfc. Andrew J. Sass, 23, of Fremont, is under investigation. Little has been released about the cause of his death.

Pfc. Sass was a 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division Soldier.

The team was sent to the National Training Center earlier in June for a month-long training exercise.

Sass entered the military in May of 2013 and attended training in Fort Benning, Georgia. He arrived at JBLM in October of 2013.

He earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Army Service Ribbon.

“(This is) a true loss to the Lancer team. He was a husband, warrior, and true friend to all. He will be missed, but we will not forget him,” Col. Louis A. Zeisman said in a statement.


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