Identity of JBLM soldier killed in local training accident has been released

Spc. Drew Watters
Spc. Drew Watters

A soldier was killed Sunday in a training area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the 7th Infantry Division confirmed Monday.

“Spc. Drew Watters, 23, of Evansville, Indiana, was killed during a training accident here,” the division said in a press release.

The cause of death was under investigation, according to the division, which did not release further details about what happened.

Watters joined the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division in September 2017, the statement said.

He enlisted as an infantryman in 2015.

“The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of Spc. Drew Watters,” Col. Jay Miseli, commander of 2-2 SBCT, said in the release. “We ask that you keep his family, friends, and Lancer Brigade Soldiers affected by his loss in your thoughts and prayers.

“Spc. Watters was a leader, husband, and father who will be sorely missed by all.”

Watters was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon, the statement said.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell