RICHLAND COUNTY, SC. (THECOUNT) — Pvt. Alyssa Cahoon, a 17-year-old who was training at Fort Jackson with her twin sister Brianna, has died in an area hospital five days after suffering an undisclosed medical episode.

Officials with the Army fort say Pvt. Alyssa Cahoon, who was with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard along with her twin, collapsed during physical training on Aug. 20.


The Army said Alyssa was transported by Fort Jackson Emergency Medical Services to a hospital off the post for treatment. She was pronounced dead on Aug. 25.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the family members and teammates of the deceased soldier. We are providing every comfort and assistance that we can to all involved,” said U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Patrick R. Michaelis.

A cause of death was not provided.

The Army said an investigation into the cause of the death is being conducted.

Fort Jackson is the U.S. Army’s largest training installation, instructing roughly half of all soldiers entering the Army.


Geo quick facts: Richland County is located in the U.S. state of South Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 384,504, making it the second-most populous county in South Carolina, behind only Greenville County. The 2019 estimated population was 415,759. The county seat and largest city is Columbia, the state capital – Wikipedia.

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