U.S. Marine Killed in Tactical Vehicle Accident at Mountain Warfare Training Center

One U.S. Marine was killed in an M1151 Enhanced Armament Carrier vehicle accident at approximately 7:15 a.m. on Sunday at the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC) in Bridgeport, California.

The deceased was identified as Pfc. Christian Bautista, 21, of Cook County, Illinois.

According to the Marine Corps, two Marines from Bautista’s vehicle conducted lifesaving measures before paramedics arrived but he was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics.

Bautista was a motor vehicle operator serving as a vehicle turret gunner assigned to 1st Transportation Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group (1st TSB). 1st TSB is aboard MWTC conducting tactical logistics support training in a mountainous environment.

“Our primary concern is for the Marine we’ve lost, his family, friends, and fellow Marines and sailors,” said Brig. Gen. Roberta L. Shea, commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group. “We have them in our prayers and will exhaust all resources to aid them during this difficult time.”

The incident is under investigation, said a statement by 1st TSB.

M1151 Enhanced Armament Carrier is an improved version of the standard Humvee (HMMWV) designed to replace the M1025A2 used by the U.S. Armed Forces as a response to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) requirements.

The M1151 HMMWV has a heavier chassis and improved engine to handle add-on armor. It is built on an Expanded Capacity Vehicle chassis, which allows for more passengers or additional supplies (up to 2,300 lbs).

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