Navy SEAL Dies At Fort Knox During Training Accident

A Navy Seal died at Fort Knox this week during a training exercise.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Special Warfare Operator Third Class Jonathan Kaloust, 23, was killed when a Humvee overturned on Wednesday. Seven other service members were injured in the crash.

Lieutenant David Lloyd, a spokesman for East Coast-based Navy Special Warfare Group 2, said that six of the eight people in the Humvee were Navy SEALS. Kaloust was killed in the accident while the other seven people received minor injuries.

Lloyd said that the group was participating in “tactical training” but did not elaborate on the training exercises. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

The Courier Journal reports that Kaloust joined the Navy in 2011 after earning his political science degree from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton University. He completed his Navy SEALS training the following year. He is survived by parents Gary and Irene, and his sister Melanie.

Pat Popolizio, who coached Kaloust on Binghamton’s wrestling team, told Hampton Roads: “He was not the most talented when it came to wrestling, but you could put him in any room in the country, and he would hang in there… You could not mentally or physically break this kid… He was always wanting to work out after, and, you know, I’m a bit bigger than him, so I’d tell him, ‘We’ll go until you break.’ He would never break. We’d end up being there for 30 or 40 minutes… It’s a terrible loss. He would have done great things.”