A 21-year-old soldier from New Jersey has been identified as one of the service members who died in a training exercise at Fort Hood last week.
Pvt. Tysheena James, of Jersey City, was among the nine soldiers who died when their light medium tactical vehicle overturned at Owl Creek, sweeping them into the flooded waters, on Thursday, according to the Texas military base.
James entered the military in November as a motor transport operator. She had been assigned to 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, since April 2016.
Her father told the New York Daily News that James loved the assignment.
"She more than liked it — she loved it," James Hillird said. "She was a sweetheart. She loved every moment of the service."
Hillird said his daughter phoned him daily to describe her work: "Every day, she called me. 'Dad, I'm doing this. Dad, I'm doing that.' She just loved it. ... I don't care what it was, she was happy."
Military officials said James had received decorations that included the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Army Service Ribbon.
James' mother, however, questioned whether her daughter should have been at the creek.