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Bryan Jenkins, Antonio Garcia and Thomas Cole Walker pictures, a training accident that killed three soldiers

The Army identified the soldiers who died as Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Jenkins, 41, of Gainesville, Florida; Cpl. Thomas Walker, 22, of Conneaut, Ohio; and Pfc. Antonio Garcia, 21, of Peoria, Arizona.
Posted on October 21, 2019,at 9:37 PM  
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Three solders killed during their training exercise on Sunday.

Bryan Jenkins, Antonio Garcia and Thomas Cole Walker pictures, a training accident that killed three soldiers

Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Jenkins, 41, of Gainesville, left, Antonio Garcia, 21, of Peoria, Arizona, (center) and Cpl. Thomas Cole Walker, 22, of Conneaut, Ohio (right) all died. Three others were injured.

Jenkins, 41 years old, served two tours in Iraq. He joined the Army just three days after the 9/11 attack. Walker, 22, enlisted at just 18 years old.

Officials said Garcia, who was just 21 years old, joined the army a year ago.

According to a Congressional report earlier this year,  there were 16,652 deaths of U.S. Armed Services personnel between 2006 and 2018. Of those, 16.3 percent were killed in action and 31.9 percent were killed in training accidents - so many fatal training accidents that, last year, the then-chair of the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry of Texas said bluntly, “the readiness of the military is at a crisis point.”

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