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UPDATE: Fort Jackson drill sergeant who died after fitness training identified


A senior non-commissioned officer at Fort Jackson, identified Friday as Sgt. 1st Class Clayton Z. Hughes, 35, collapsed and died after finishing a two-mile run Thursday morning. fort officials said.

The drill sergeant from Delta Company, 120th Adjutant General Battalion, had just completed the final event of a semi-annual Army physical fitness test. He was taken to Providence Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 7:56 a.m., they said.

The drill sergeant worked in the reception area of the fort, where recruits are inducted prior to basic training, according to Fort Jackson spokesman Pat Jones.

He is the third soldier to die at the fort since 2009, he said. A recruit died in 2009 and another in 2012 during physical training.

“It’s a very rare occurrence for two reasons,” Jones told The State. “One, it’s very routine for soldiers to do physical training and they are accustomed to it. And two, we initiate physical training for future soldiers very slowly.”

The death is under investigation.

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