Mitchell Winey, 21, was training at Texas base
Mitchell Alexander Winey, 21, a member of the Class of 2018, B Company, First Regiment, at the United States Military Academy at West Point, died in a training exercise at Fort Hood, Texas, on June 2 when a transport vehicle in which he was riding overturned after being swept off a road on post by flood waters. Eight other soldiers also died.
Winey was born on May 5, 1995, in Valparaiso, Indiana and attended Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana.
West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen said Winey was participating in Cadet Troop Leader Training when the accident occurred.
“Throughout his time here at the U.S. Military Academy, Cadet Winey was enormously proud to be a cadet,” Caslen said in a statement. “Mitchell was an exemplary cadet in academics, as an Engineering Management major, during company athletics, and as a member of the Ski Patrol. He was clearly a rising leader in his class and a friend to everyone who knew him. He internalized the ideals and values of West Point and exemplified them in all that he set out to do. Duty, Honor, Country were his touchstones.”Did you find this article useful or informative? Please consider a contribution to support our nonprofit journalism. Our annual appeal has begun! All gifts of up to $1,000 through Dec. 31 will be matched TWICE! Click here for details. We are able to provide this website and our weekly print paper free to the community -- and pay our writers, photographers and editors for their hard work -- because of the generosity of readers like you.