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Minnesota National Guard soldier 19, dies at training center in South Carolina

The death was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
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A Minnesota National Guard soldier has died at a training facility in South Carolina. He was 19.

The death was confirmed on the Facebook page of Fort Jackson, a training center near Columbia, SC.

The soldier was found unresponsive upon waking up a field location in Fort Jackson, per a military press release, and was later pronounced dead at Providence Hospital.

"Our deepest condolences & support go out to the 3rd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment on the loss of a 19-year-old Minnesota National Guard Soldier today," said Fort Jackson Commanding General, Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, Jr.

"We extend our deepest sympathies to the Family members and team mates of the deceased Soldier. We are providing every comfort and assistance that we can to all involved.

Fort Jackson is the biggest U.S. Army center for basic training.

It's the second tragedy to befall the Minnesota National Guard in the past 6 weeks, with three soldiers having died in a helicopter crash in Minnesota last month.

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