A 17-year-old Pennsylvania National Guard soldier has died days after collapsing while training in South Carolina.
Pvt. Alyssa Cahoon died Thursday surrounded by her family, the 1st Battalion, 34th Regiment — a base combat training battalion based out of Fort Jackson — announced on its Facebook page on Friday.
Officials at the South Carolina base said she collapsed during physical training on Aug. 20, news outlets report. She had been training there with her twin sister Brianna Cahoon, news outlets reported.
Volleyball and basketball team rosters indicate that Cahoon was a budding high school senior in Forest City, a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania near Scranton, The Post and Courier reported.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family members and teammates of the deceased Soldier,” said Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis.
A battalion post Saturday said Cahoon’s family is asking people to collect pull tabs and give them to local Ronald McDonald homes as a fundraiser in their memory.
According to a statement released by Fort Jackson, Cahoon’s death is under investigation.
The Cahoons were personnel specialists in the battalion’s Bravo Company, The State reported.
Personnel specialists must undergo eight weeks and five days of advanced infantry training at Fort Jackson, the newspaper reported.
Fort Jackson is the nation’s largest military training base, with more than 50,000 recruits deployed there each year.
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