FORT LEWIS, WA — Sgt. Clint A. Sikorski, 21, of Rothschild, Wisconsin, died October 17 of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle incident earlier that day.
Shortly before 6 a.m. Friday, Sikorski, a Fort Lewis Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion (Air Assault), 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, was attempting to stop traffic on 4th Division Dr. (near Jecelin Ave.) when he was struck by a civilian vehicle driven by another Soldier. Sikorski was assisting the movement of a military tactical vehicle (FMTV truck) to a nearby small arms range.
Emergency response personnel were on the scene within minutes. Sikorski was transported by ambulance to Madigan Army Medical Center, where he died of injuries sustained in the collision at approximately 1:30 p.m. that afternoon.
All members of the Fort Lewis community extend our condolences and support to Sgt. Sikorski’s family and friends. A unit memorial ceremony is planned for Wednesday.
The incident is currently under investigation.
Fort Lewis leaders take the safety of the installation’s Soldiers very seriously. Fort Lewis will investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident and incorporate any lessons learned into future training to help ensure the safety of our Soldiers.
Sgt. Clint A. Sikorski was assigned to 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade, Fort Lewis. He enlisted November 1, 2005 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and reported to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, for training as a cannon crewmember. Upon completion of his training, he served one year at Camp Casey, Korea before reporting to Fort Lewis on June 6, 2007, and was assigned to 1st Bn., 377th Field Artillery Regt., where he served as a howitzer assistant gunner and howitzer gunner.
His civilian and military education includes a high school diploma (2005), the military occupational specialty 13B – Cannon Crewmember – qualification course (2006), and the combat lifesavers course (2007). His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal (3 awards), National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and Overseas Service Ribbon.