Soldier killed by falling tree at Fort Pickett identified as Michigan native

Virginia News

BLACKSTONE, Va. (WRIC) — A U.S. Army Reserve Soldier was killed and two others were injured by a falling tree during a training exercise at Fort Pickett Monday night.

According to the Virginia National Guard, the incident happened as strong storms ripped through the region.

“If you have not been contacted, your Soldier is safe,” the Virginia National Guard wrote on Facebook. “Please keep in mind that busy training schedules and limited cell phone service may impact your ability to reach your Soldier.”

The deceased soldier was identified as Kevin P. Sullivan on Wednesday. Sullivan, a native of Chesaning, Michigan, served as a petroleum systems technician, according to the U.S. Army. Sullivan is survived by his mother, father and sister.

The Virginia National Guard wrote on their Facebook page that no Virginia or Kentucky soldiers were involved in this incident.

The Virginia National Guard said Fort Pickett was able to coordinate a chaplain and behavioral health support for the unit.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of the Soldier who was killed, and we wish a speedy recovery to the Soldiers who were injured”


The incident is under investigation.

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