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W.P. cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey, 21 among 9 Fort Hood soldiers killed in Texas flooding

A West Point cadet from Chesterton was among the nine soldiers killed at Fort Hood when floodwaters washed their transport truck from a low-water crossing on Thursday. 

Mitchell Alexander Winey, 21, a 2014 Chesterton High School graduate, was identified late Saturday night by Fort Hood officials as the Army kept up its investigation of the training exercise that turned deadly.

A letter from West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, published on a website for West Point graduates, said Winey was participating in Cadet Troop Leader Training when the accident occurred.

Caslen's letter stated: "Throughout his time here at the U.S. Military Academy, Cadet Winey was enormously proud to be a cadet. Mitchell was an exemplary cadet in academics, as an Engineering Management major, during company athletics, and as a member of the Ski Patrol. He was clearly a rising leader in his class and a friend to everyone who knew him. He internalized the ideals and values of West Point and exemplified them in all that he set out to do. Duty, Honor, Country were his touchstones."

Only the wheels of an Army transport truck were visible after swift floodwaters washed the 2½-ton vehicle from a low-water crossing, Coryell County emergency medical services chief Jeff Mincy told the Killeen Daily Herald. Mincy said he arrived at the scene about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, and that firefighters had already pulled the three surviving soldiers from the rushing waters of usually dry Owl Creek.

"I can't estimate how fast it was flowing, but it was faster than I would have felt comfortable putting anything into the water," Mincy said. "When we did find the vehicle, we could see the tires sticking up out of the water, so in that position where the vehicle settled, it had to have been about 8 feet deep."

The bodies of five soldiers from the Central Texas post were recovered Thursday and four were found Friday, while the three surviving soldiers were discharged Friday from Fort Hood's hospital and returned to duty.

Late Saturday night, Fort Hood officials released the names of eight of the nine soldiers who died. They identified them as Cadet Winey, Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, 38, of Brooklyn, New York; Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, 27, of Twentynine Palms, California; Pfc. Brandon Austin Banner, 22, of Milton, Florida; Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, 23, of Palmetto, Florida; Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, 19, of San Angelo, Texas; Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, 20, of Dunn, North Carolina; and Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, 21, of Jersey City, New Jersey.

Officials with the post say the name of the ninth soldier who died won't be released until family can be notified.
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