May 17, 2013

Fort Knox Training Ground Becomes Fort Knox Killing Ground - Navy Seal Dies

Navy Seal Special Warfare Operator Third Class Jonathan H. Kaloust died in a training accident at
Fort Knox Wednesday, and seven others of the team were injured as the Humvee he was riding in turned over, according to Navy officials.

The seven members of the Seal team suffered minor injuries, and all were released after being treated.

Fort Knox has been used by the Navy for training exercises since World War II. The 170 square miles it covers includes the Salt River, which runs through the area. Most important from a training perspective is the Salt River, which is used for a variety of live fire exercises using artillery, as well as helicopter and Bradley fighting vehicle training, among other purposes.

The area is so hot it's designated as a danger zone by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with the public not allowed to enter the area.

Kaloust, who was from Massapequa, N.Y., joined the Navy in 2011, and was 23-years-old at the time of his death. The accident remains under investigation.

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