Greenwood Guard soldier dies in vehicle accident at Ft. Hood

Staff Sgt. Michael St. John (Indiana National Guard image)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – An Indiana National Guard soldier from Greenwood died at Fort Hood, Texas Thursday night in a tactical vehicle accident.

According to a release from the Indiana National Guard, Staff Sgt. Andrew Michael St. John, 29, was serving as an embedded observer controller/trainer with Army National Guard Operations Group Wolf when he died.

St. John was an infantryman with Company B, 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard.

“For those who knew and worked with Staff Sgt. St. John, he was respected and admired for his great love for his country and family," said Lt. Col. Chad Pittman, commander of the 1st Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment in a statement. "He continually sought ways to ensure the success of subordinates, better himself as leader, and contribute to the achievements the organization. My deepest sympathy for his family at this sad and difficult time."

Staff Sgt. Michael St. John (Indiana National Guard image)

Governor Eric Holcomb offered his condolences in a statement Saturday:

“Janet and I offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends grieving the loss of Indiana native, Andrew St. John, who passed away Thursday evening at Fort Hood in Texas. He served with distinction and was known as someone who always put others above himself. I ask all Hoosiers around the state join us in honoring his service and ultimate sacrifice to our state and nation.”

The cause of St. John's death is under investigation.

St. John served previously in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He received the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the NATO Medal and Indiana Military Volunteer Emblem.

St. John was a proud father and husband, according to the Indiana Guard's statement about his death.