FORT HOOD, TX – Governor Mike Pence has called for flags to be flown at half-staff for a West Point cadet from Chesterton, Indiana that was killed during a training exercise at Fort Hood, Texas.
Flags should be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset on the day of U.S. Military Academy Cadet Mitchell Winey’s funeral.
Winey was one of nine killed when flood waters overturned their Light Medium Tactical Vehicle Thursday.
The cadet was at Fort Hood for Cadet Troop Leader Training, which is an annual summer military development program. During CTLT a cadet is placed in an operational unit for approximately three weeks for a realistic leadership experience at the lieutenant level of responsibility.
“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,” said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., Superintendent of U. S. Military Academy, in a letter to the West Point community.
“Karen and I are saddened to hear that one of the soldiers killed in this tragic accident at Fort Hood was one of Indiana’s own,” said Governor Pence. “Our heart goes out to Cadet Mitchell Alexander Winey’s family, friends, former classmates at Chesterton High School, and all those who knew him, and I urge Hoosiers to remember the courage, service, and sacrifice of this young cadet.”
“We mourn the loss of West Point Cadet Mitchell Winey, who was serving at Fort Hood as part of training this summer. He served our country with honor, and we are grateful for his selfless service. A few years ago, I had the privilege of nominating Mitchell, a Chesterton High School graduate, to West Point. He will be missed, and I send my condolences and prayers to his family and friends,” said Senator Joe Donnelly.