AR National Guard soldier dies at training center

AR National Guard soldier dies at training center

(KAIT) - The Arkansas National Guard confirmed the death of one of its soldiers.

In a news release, it said Sergeant Sylvester B. Cline died Tuesday evening at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith.

The 32-year-old man from Pine Bluff was training at Fort Chaffee Joint Maneuver Training Center.

It said Cline's death is under investigation.

There is no word on if the training had anything to do with the man's death. However, they did say it was not the result of a weapon or vehicle accident.

A statement was released about Cline's death early Wednesday morning.

Major Gen. Mark H. Berry said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Spec. Cline and we will remember him as a defender of freedom. I, just like more than 9,000 soldiers and airmen serving in the Arkansas National Guard are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own."

More than 1,300 soldiers from Arkansas 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team training at Fort Chaffee.

That's the same brigade Cline had been assigned to by the Arkansas National Guard.

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