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Soldier from Buford killed in training accident
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Octavious Deshon Lakes Jr.

A soldier from Buford has died in California from injuries sustained in a tactical vehicle accident.

Spc. Octavious Deshon Lakes Jr., 22, entered the U.S. Army in March 2017 as a combat engineer, according to a release from Fort Hood. Since June 2017, he had been assigned to the 3rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood.

The Jan. 14 accident at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin is under investigation.

According to Fort Hood, Lakes’ awards and decorations include two Army Achievement Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

“On behalf of Greywolf Soldiers and Families, Command Sgt. Maj. Ronneburg and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Spc. Octavious Lakes,” said Col. Kevin S. Capra, commander of the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, in a statement. “His dedication, professionalism and spirit will be missed, but never forgotten.”

Lakes was deployed in Kuwait from July to October 2017.

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