Army Identifies NCO Killed in Vehicle Accident in Kuwait

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Staff Sgt. Anthony Bermudez
Staff Sgt. Anthony Bermudez, 28, was killed in an accident involving a non-tactical vehicle Monday, Jan. 11, 2021 during a routine troop movement near Camp Buehring, Kuwait. (U.S. Army)

The Army released the identity of a soldier who died Monday in a noncombat-related accident in Kuwait.

Staff Sgt. Anthony Bermudez, 28, was killed in an accident involving a non-tactical vehicle at approximately 8 a.m. during a routine troop movement near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, according to a news release from the Army's 1st Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky, which is responsible for providing logistical support to U.S. military forces in the Central Command region.

The accident, which is under investigation, injured two other soldiers, who were not identified in the release. One of the soldiers was a passenger in Bermudez's vehicle and was first transported to Al Jahra Hospital in Kuwait. The soldier was later flown by helicopter to the U.S. military hospital in Kuwait and was listed in stable condition as of Tuesday, according to the release.

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The other injured soldier, the vehicle's driver, was transported to the U.S. military hospital in Kuwait and discharged Tuesday, the release states.

The Army did not release any further details about the accident. The other soldiers were not named in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and privacy concerns.

Bermudez was a small-arms and artillery repair specialist assigned to Area Support Group-Kuwait, according to the release. Originally from Dallas, he enlisted in 2011 and attended basic combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, beginning in October 2011, followed by advanced individual training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Bermudez arrived in Kuwait in June 2020. It was his first overseas assignment, according to the release. He was serving a 12-month permanent change of station to the Area Support Group, which falls under the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, Col. Armando Hernandez, spokesman for U.S. Army Central, told Military.com.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Staff Sgt. Bermudez," Lt. Col. Randy McClendon, commander of the Base Support Battalion-Kuwait, said in the release. "Anthony was a vital asset to our team, a dedicated professional, and his service will not be forgotten."

Bermudez's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal (third award), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (second award), Parachute Badge and Expert Qualification Badge for the M4 carbine.

-- Matthew Cox can be released at matthew.cox@military.com.

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