Fort Rucker soldier identified

First Lt. William B. Pickel, 30, has been identified as the soldier who died during training on Sunday, Sept. 1 after being medically evacuated to Southeast Health Medical Center, according to a press release from Fort Rucker Public Affairs Officer David Agan.

Pickel was undergoing survival training when he experienced a health-related issue, which required aeromedical evacuation to the hospital. He was pronounced dead at approximately 9 p.m, according to the release.

The cause of death is currently unknown and Fort Rucker officials are investigating the incident, according to the release.

Pickel was from Cleveland, Tenn., and was assigned to the 1st Aviation Brigade. He had been in the Army since 2007 and had prior combat deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the release.

Pickel’s next of kin were notified and a casualty assistance team is providing assistance to the family, according to the release.

“Fort Rucker officials are deeply saddened by the loss of this outstanding soldier,” the release states. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”

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