FORT HOOD, Texas — A 29-year-old Indiana National Guard Staff Sergeant from Greenwood died on Thursday in a tactical vehicle accident at Fort Hood in Texas.
Staff Sgt. Andrew Michael St. John was an embedded observer controller and trainer with Army National Guard Operations Group Wolf, according to a press release from the Indiana National Guard.
St. John was an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment with the Indiana National Guard, according to the release. He had previously been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and received several awards and medals.
"For those who knew and worked with Staff Sgt. St. John, he was respected and admired for his great love for his country and family," Lt. Col. Chad Pittman, commander of the 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment, said in the release. "He continually sought ways to ensure the success of subordinates, better himself as leader, and contribute to the achievements the organization. My deepest sympathy for his family at this sad and difficult time."
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued the following statement:
Janet and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends grieving the loss of Indiana native, Andrew St. John, who passed away Thursday evening at Fort Hood in Texas. He served with distinction and was known as someone who always put others above himself. I ask all Hoosiers around the state join us in honoring his service and ultimate sacrifice to our state and nation.
The cause of death remains under investigation.