Soldier killed in Fort Bragg crash ID’d as father of 4, recent graduate of Airborne school

Cumberland County News

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) — The Fort Bragg soldier killed in an on-post crash on Monday that also injured four others was identified by Army officials on Wednesday.

The soldier has been identified as Private First Class Patrick J. Hernandez, 30, assigned to the 108th Military Police (MP) Company, 503rd MP Battalion, 16th MP Brigade.

The crash was reported around 12:50 p.m. Monday along Butner Road, but no other details about the wreck were released.

Officials said that their thoughts were with the 16th Military Police Brigade.

“This was a tough day here on Fort Bragg,” Col. Joe Buccino, a Fort Bragg spokesman, said in a news release. “It was a tough day for all of us. Our immediate thoughts right now are on the family, the men and women of the 16th Military Police Brigade, and the injured soldiers.”

Additionally, the 503rd Battalion Commander also released a statement for the battalion.

“The last few days have been extremely hard for the Enforcer family, especially the 108th MP CO”, said Lt. Col. Andrew Till, commander of 503rd MP Battalion said in Wednesday’s release. “Unfortunately, we lost one of our own in a vehicle accident on post. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Pfc. Hernandez’s family as they grieve the loss of their loved one. The 503rd MP Battalion is grieving as well, and we will honor Pfc. Hernandez’s life and service.”

The 503rd MP Battalion will host a memorial for Pfc. Hernandez in the coming weeks, Fort Bragg officials said.

“Pfc. Hernandez taught me so much in such a short time, and he was always willing to provide advice on fatherhood when he discovered I was soon to become a father,” said Pfc Michael D. Sanders, of 3rd Platoon, 108th MP Company. “He was always available to mentor me and give guidance from his past experiences. I am heartbroken I had such a short time to know such a great individual and a great father.”

Hernandez enlisted into the U.S. Army in August 2020 and served as a Military Policeman and had recently graduated from Airborne school at Fort Benning, Georgia, officials said.

Hernandez was a native of Harlingen, Texas, and he is survived by his parents, wife, brothers, two daughters and two step children.

The wreck remains under investigation.

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