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Fort Carson soldier dies in South Korea during training incident

Posted at 11:20 AM, Sep 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-26 13:23:01-04

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Staff Sgt. Kelly L. Richards, who was a health care specialist, died during a training-related incident at Camp Casey in South Korea.

Richards was with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team. He arrived at Fort Carson on September 20, 2016.

Fort Carson officials announced Thursday that he was deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Spartan Shield and was competing for his Expert Field Medical Badge at Camp Casey.

"The 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Family and friends of Staff Sgt. Kelly Richards. Staff Sgt. Richards passed away while demonstrating his dedication to the nation and to the brigade as he earned his Expert Field Medical Badge. The loss of this exceptional NCO and leader will be felt by Soldiers throughout the Iron Brigade," said Col. Grant S. Fawcett, commander, 3rd ABCT, 4th Inf. Div.

Richards was originally from Grayling, Michigan, and joined the Army on June 22, 2005.

He was deployed once to Iraq, once to Afghanistan, once to Romania and once to Kuwait during his 14 years in the Army.

Fort Carson officials said this incident is currently under investigation.