Tragedy has struck one of our military members.
A 20-year-old Pennsylvania National Guard member was killed during a training exercise.
Specialist Mackenzie Shay died on October 22 died when two vehicles collided.
The accident occurred at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County.
Three other soldiers were injured during the exercise.
They were all taken to Hershey Medical Center, treated, and released.
Army Maj. Gen. Mark J. Schindler stated, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Specialist Mackenzie Shay’s family, friends and colleagues after this tragic accident.
“Our priority right now is taking care of the family and soldiers, ensuring they have all the resources they need during this critical time.”
The cause of the accident has not been released.
Shay had a decent following on social media, regularly posting shots in her uniform and workout photos.
She was an absolutely stunning woman with an amazingly bright future that will never be realized.
David Bredl, Shay’s former high school cross-country and track coach, stated, “It broke my heart to hear this.
“[Mackenzie] was a really smart girl. She was a little feisty and fiery, and always tried to do her best and make her mark. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her.”
Out of respect for her sacrifice, Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all state and U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff.
Rest in peace, Specialist, and thank you for your service.
Source: New York Post