A 21-year-old Marine died Sunday morning during a training exercise in California.
Pfc. Christian Bautista was riding in an M-1151 Enhanced Armament Carrier vehicle doing tactical logistics at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Center in Bridgeport, Calif., around 7:15 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the 1st Marine Logistics Group released Tuesday.
It’s unclear what happened or what exactly the training exercise was. The incident is under investigation, officials said.
Two Marines attempted lifesaving measures before paramedics arrived, but Bautista was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Our primary concern is for the Marine we’ve lost, his family, friends, and fellow Marines and sailors,” Brig. Gen. Roberta L. Shea, commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group, said in a statement. “We have them in our prayers and will exhaust all resources to aid them during this difficult time.”
Bautista enlisted in September 2018 and was assigned to the 1st TSB in Camp Pendleton, Calif., in May. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terror Service Medal.
According to the Marines, the Mountain Warfare Training Center works with units and individuals to prepare them for complex terrain, including mountainous and high altitude, and cold weather.
Bautista’s death occurred the same day that three Army soldiers were killed at Fort Stewart in Georgia when the Bradley Fighting vehicle they were in rolled into the water during a training accident.