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JBLM Soldier Who Crashed Into Gate Identified

Spc. Ryan T. Abbott, 35, of Grand Rapids, MI, was assigned to the 46th Air Support Battalion, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade.

Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have identified the Soldier killed in the one-car vehicle accident on JBLM’s East Gate Road at the old guard shack early Thursday morning as Spc. Ryan T. Abbott, 35, of Grand Rapids, Mich.
Next-of-Kin notifications have been completed.

The accident investigation is still in progress by JBLM law enforcement, and at this time the cause of the accident is unknown.

According to unit records, Spc. Abbott entered the Army in September 2009 and reported to Fort Jackson, S.C. for Army Basic Training and then transferred to Redstone Arsenal, Ala. for Advanced Individual Training, in MOS 94Y (Integrated Family of Test Equipment (IFTE) Operator/Maintainer). He arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in August 2010. He was assigned to the 46th Air Support Battalion, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. He has not deployed.

On behalf of the entire Joint Base Lewis-McChord military and civilian community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Spc. Abbott.

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