You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Marine killed, four injured in AAV fire at 29 Palms

Sep. 18, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
A Marine died Monday in a training accident at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Four other Marines were injured. (Crystal Chatham/The Desert Sun)
  • Filed Under

A Marine was killed and four others injured when an Amphibious Assault Vehicle caught fire Monday morning at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Cpl. Nicholas Sell of 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion, 1st Marine Division, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif., was participating in a battalion assault course as part of the Integrated Training Exercise when his AAV caught fire around 11:20 a.m., Combat Center spokesman Capt. Justin Smith said in a release. Sell, 21, was a native of Eagle Point, Ore., who had been in the Marine Corps since 2010. He had deployed once to Afghanistan.

The Marines who were injured in the AAV fire have not been identified by Marine officials.

One of the injured is in stable condition and is being treated at Arrowhead Medical Center in Los Angeles. The other three were treated and released from Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital at the Combat Center.

According to Combat Center officials, two units are currently participating in the ITX: 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, out of Hawaii; and 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, Calif. Sell’s unit had been supporting 2/1.

Thousands of Marines go to the Combat Center annually for ITX, which is a nearly month-long workup to build skills before a deployment, from the personal and squad level up to a battalion-wide final exercise.

ITX replaced Enhanced Mojave Viper as the Marine Corps’ premiere pre-deployment training program in January.

Monday’s incident marks the second training death this year for the Combat Center and the second death during ITX.

Pfc. Casey J. Holmes died March 11 in a bulldozer mishap during the training program.

The Chico native was based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

According to Naval Safety Center, no other Marines have been killed in ground ashore on-duty mishaps this year since seven Camp Lejune Marines were killed by a mortar explosion March 18.

Seven other Marines and a sailor were also injured during the blast, which happened during live-fire training at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. Human error caused the blast, a command investigation concluded.

Crystal Chatham of The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Springs contributed to this report.

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

From Our Blogs


The latest from PT365

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.

This Week's Army Times

This Week's Army Times

CrossFit vs. unit PT
Troops will do the training plans in a $2.5 million study

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook