Teen Pennsylvania National Guard, 17, serving with twin sister dies while training in South Carolina

The 17-year-old member of the Pennsylvania National Guard died after falling during a physical training exercise on August 20

Teen Pennsylvania National Guard, 17, serving with twin sister dies while training in South Carolina
Brianna and Alyssa Cahoon (1LT Boyd, 1-34 INF REG) (1st Battalion 34th Regiment via Facebook)
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According to the US Military, a 17-year-old member of the Pennsylvania National Guard died after having a medical issue during training. According to Fort Jackson officials, PFC Alyssa Cahoon died on August 25 after falling during a physical training exercise on August 20, according to WLTX-TV.

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While the United States Army is looking into the details of the case, Brigadier General Patrick R Michaelis, Commander of the United States Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, said in a statement, "We extend our deepest sympathies to the family members and teammates of the deceased soldier. We are providing every comfort and assistance that we can to all involved."

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Brianna and Alyssa Cahoon (1LT Boyd, 1-34 INF REG) (1st Battalion 34th Regiment via Facebook)
Brianna and Alyssa Cahoon (1LT Boyd, 1-34 INF REG) (1st Battalion 34th Regiment via Facebook)

The US Army, according to Fox News, is investigating the particular cause of death at Fort Jackson, which is the biggest military training facility in the United States Army, educating about half of all soldiers that join the army. "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of PFC Alyssa Cahoon," the 1st Battalion 34th Infantry Regiment posted on its Facebook page. "She passed away last night, 25 August 2022, with her family by her bedside." A photo of Alyssa and her twin sister Brianna holding rifles while posing side by side in their camouflage uniforms was also posted on the Facebook page, which claimed that both women were trainees at Fort Jackson.

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"They are both 42A Human Resource Specialists," the post said "How cool is it that they get to go through Basic Combat Training together?! They qualified on their rifles with Back-up Iron Sights today!"

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A user commented on the post, "Its sad but this happens every summer on US military posts primarly in the southeast and southwest. It gets hot out there. Sometimes its an unknown medical issue brought on by the physical training. In the mid-90s there was usually at least one death per summer at Ft. Benning, GA." Another comment read, "May God heal your pains and hurts from the great and irreplaceable loss, give you comforts and consoles your family. I'll be praying for you..." A third person wrote saying, "I have shared this request on my Facebook page for all to do the same and donate to their local Ronald McDonald house in Alyssa's name. God bless your family and we are holding u all In prayer."

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