AUGUSTA, Georgia — A soldier was killed and nine others injured after a lightning strike Wednesday at Fort Gordon, a U.S. Army base in eastern Georgia.
sergeant. 1st Class Michael D. Clark, a native of Springfield, Mass., was identified Thursday as the only fatal victim. He was assigned to the 933rd Forward Resuscitation Surgical Company, 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support).
Clark, 41, served in the U.S. Army and Reserve for more than 22 years, deploying four times in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a statement from the U.S. Army Reserve. US Army.
“The 933rd FRSD family is devastated by the loss of our brother, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Clark,” said Maj. Stephen W. Rhinehart, commander of the 933rd. “Sgt. 1st Clark was a loving husband, father and patriot who deeply loved our country. His leadership, knowledge, experience and love for his fellow soldiers was immeasurable.”
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Seven of the injured soldiers remained in good condition and one was treated and released, the statement said.
As of 11:10 a.m., Fort Gordon Range Control reported that 10 soldiers “sustained injuries associated with a lightning strike” at one of its training areas, according to a news release.
Fort Gordon is located near Augusta, about 140 miles east of Atlanta.