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This 2016 photo shows a 26-member team of Virginia National Guard soldiers, part of the 116th Military Engagement Team, during a three-week training at Fort Pickett, brushing up on their basic skills. They were identifying improvised explosive devices and securing their convoy while the area was cleared.

A U.S. Army Reserve soldier was killed and two others were injured Monday night when severe weather knocked over a large tree at Fort Pickett, where they were taking part in a training exercise.

The Virginia Army National Guard, which operates the installation located outside Blackstone in Nottoway County, has not yet identified the soldier who was killed, but said no soldiers from Virginia or Kentucky assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team training at Fort Pickett since July 13 were involved.

In a social media post, the Guard said for those with loved ones training at the installation: “If you have not been contacted, your soldier is safe. Please keep in mind that busy training schedules and limited cellphone service may impact your ability to reach your soldier.”

Fort Pickett provided chaplain and behavioral health support to the unit, and said it will continue to provide support as needed.

The incident is under investigation, and more details will be released soon, a spokesman said.

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