Breaking News: Training Exercise In Nevada Kills Seven Marines And Injures Seven Others
Tragic news out of Reno, Nevada. Seven Marines are dead and seven others are injured as a result of an explosion during a training exercise. This all happened last night at the Hawthorne Army Depot, which is located outside of Reno, Nevada.
The Marines, who are based out of Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, were using the Hawthorn Army Depot for training because the desert surroundings are similar to what they would encounter in Afghanistan. The names of the Marines have not been released yet. Major General Raymond C. Fox, the II Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general, issued a statement to the press:
We send our prayers and condolences to the families of Marines involved in this tragic incident. We remain focused on ensuring that they are supported through this difficult time. We mourn their loss, and it is with heavy hearts we remember their courage and sacrifice.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation. Some early reports are suggesting it had something to do with mortars. The Hawthorne Army Depot is used for storing and destroying ammunition and covers over 230 square miles. As someone who has several friends and family members in the military, my heart goes out to all those effected by this horrible tragedy.