Soldier From Buford Killed During Training

(Fort Irwin, CA)  --  Army officials say a soldier from Buford, Georgia, died during training in California yesterday.  Twenty-two-year-old Specialist Octavious Lakes was killed when a vehicle rolled over at Fort Irwin, California.  

Fort Hood officials say three other soldiers were injured in that accident that happened January 14 when he and a few others were training at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. 

Officials expressed their condolences for the loss of Lakes:

"On behalf of Greywolf Soldiers and Families, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronneburg and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Spc. Octavious Lakes,” said Col. Kevin S. Capra, commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team. “His dedication, professionalism and spirit will be missed, but never forgotten.”

Lakes joined the Army straight out of Buford nearly two years ago as a combat engineer. 

Specialist Lakes was awarded:

  • Two Army Achievement Medals
  • A National Defense Service Medal 
  • A Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • A Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 
  • A Army Service Ribbon
  • An Overseas Service Ribbon
Specialist Octavious Lakes, 22 (above).


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