19-year-old JBLM soldier killed in vehicle accident during training in California

TACOMA, Wash. -- Army Pvt. Julian Diaz, 19, of Tolleson, Ariz., died in a vehicle accident Tuesday at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., Joint Base Lewis-McChord said Thursday.

"The circumstances surrounding the death is under investigation," JBLM said.


Diaz enlisted in the Army in 2017, and served in the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, since December 2017, as an indirect fire infantryman, JBLM said in a news release.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Pvt. Diaz," Maj. Gen. Willard Burleson III, the 7th Infantry Division commanding general said. "In conjunction with the Army Safety Center, we will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident. The Soldiers of 1-2 SBCT honor Pvt. Diaz through their steadfast commitment, care for each other, and their will to get better every day."