Tragedy strikes Fort Bliss in the form of cancer

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 11:13pm

Two soldiers from Fort Bliss died last week; they were both victims of cancer.  

Maj. Gen. Sean MacFarland wrote about 1st Lt. Timothy Santos and Sgt. Maj. Kavin Mitchell in his weekly commentary for the Fort Bliss Bugle:

A pair of tragedies struck Fort Bliss last week when SGM Kavin Mitchell, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Warrior Transition Battalion, and 1LT Timothy Santos, an AH-64 Apache pilot serving as the plans officer for 4th Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, died after bouts with cancer.

SGM Mitchell was a USASMA student when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. He was then transitioned to the WTB where he fought for his life and, on Aug. 19, ultimately left. We will hold a memorial ceremony for SGM Mitchell in the coming weeks. He is survived by his wife Connie and his daughter Chane.

1LT Santos was deployed to Kuwait with his unit when he received his diagnosis. He was returned to Fort Bliss for treatment this past March. His loss is a tough one for his unit as evidenced by yesterday’s moving memorial at the 1st AD Chapel. He is survived by his wife Karina and their two children, Timothy and Aria. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of Kavin Mitchell and Timothy Santos. 


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