Milton Soldier Among Those Killed In Fort Hood Flood Waters

June 5, 2016

A Santa Rosa County man was one of nine soldiers killed by flood waters at Fort Hood.

Pfc. Brandon Banner of Milton was among those killed when flood waters washed away their tactical vehicle Thursday in a rain-swollen creek.

Banner, 22, entered active-duty military service in March 2014 as a motor transport operator and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since July 2014.

Banner’s awards and decorations include National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Sharpshooter with Carbine.

Staff Sgt. Miguel Angel Colonvazquez, Spc. Christine Faith Armstrong, Pfc. Zachery Nathaniel Fuller, Pvt. Isaac Lee Deleon, Pvt. Eddy Raelaurin Gates, Pvt. Tysheena Lynette James, and Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey were also killed in the accident. The name of one fatality has not yet been released pending notification of next of kin.

The circumstances of the accident are unknown at this time, pending an investigation by a team from the Army Combat Readiness Center, Fort Rucker, AL.  Photos of the deceased were not yet available.


10 Responses to “Milton Soldier Among Those Killed In Fort Hood Flood Waters”

  1. Audrey Cartwright on June 8th, 2016 10:12 pm

    My husband served at Ft. Hood. My thoughts are with those who have lost a family member.

  2. adrienne blackwell on June 7th, 2016 10:55 am

    Thank you for all of your prayers and We, Brandon A. Banner family do appreciate the love and honor you all have given him. Be blessed and Thank you again…..please continue keeping his beloved Mother and sister in your prayers

  3. DJ on June 6th, 2016 8:24 am

    My heart goes out to my friend Sarah. I am praying for God’said peace and cimfort.

  4. Good Grief on June 6th, 2016 5:04 am

    Thank you for your service Pfc. Brandon Banner. Keeping the family in prayer.

  5. Wharf Rat on June 5th, 2016 9:46 pm

    This last week has been hard on the U.S. Military. A Marine fighter pilot loses his life in a practice mission. Nine U.S. Army troops lose their lives in a training motor march. This country lost a lot this week. We do not need to take this lightly. These people were willing to sacrifice their lives to protect you. When they signed up for the military, their name was on a blank check, offering their lives and future, for the citizens of this country. Lord bless them, and their families.

  6. Linda Nelson on June 5th, 2016 7:50 pm


  7. Bob C. on June 5th, 2016 7:01 pm

    Duty Honor Country … Peace be unto you and your loved ones.

  8. Teresa Frogue on June 5th, 2016 5:56 pm

    RIP. Thank you for your service.

  9. anne on June 5th, 2016 2:42 pm

    To his family & friends, I know you were proud of PFC Brandon Banner. I know he is now with you in spirit and will remain so forever.

  10. Grateful on June 5th, 2016 9:15 am

    Thank you for your service!!! R. I. P. Pfc. Banner, and others!!!!!

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