Army officer, Maumee native, dies in Fort Bliss training exercise
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 15:11:50 GMT —
FORT BLISS, Texas -- A
n Army officer, and Maumee native, died Tuesday during a training exercise at Fort Bliss in Texas.
Capt. Jonathan F. Wynkoop, 27, died after a mine-resistant vehicle allegedly rolled over him in his cot while he slept, according to an announcement from the base.
The alleged incident occurred around 5 a.m. Tuesday. Wynkoop was pronounced dead an hour later. The incident remains under investigation.
Highly-decorated Wynkoop, of Maumee, Ohio, was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, Division Artillery, and was participating in Iron Focus 2015, a two-week, division-level training exercise that began March 23.
Wnykoop graduated from Springfield High School where he was a four-year member of the school's cadet drill team, according to a Springfield Local School's spokesperson. He also attended Bowling Green State University where he was a member of the Air National Guard Base 180th.
"Capt. Jonathan Wynkoop was an impressive and personal leader," said Maj. Gregory M. Tomlin, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment executive officer. "He could always be counted upon to accomplish any mission under any constraints. Very few leaders in the U.S. Army are capable of matching his work ethic and potential. This tragedy has shorted the Army an excellent officer and a family of a husband and father."
According to a news release, the two week training exercise began March 23 and ran through April 2, and was meant to help maintain combat readiness and prepare for an upcoming rotation to the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.
Wynkoop, who arrived at Fort Bliss in 2011, is survived by his wife and three children. He served in Afghanistan in 2013 and had been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Military Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Capt. Wynkoop's family.