Poca Native Dies in Military Training Exercise

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CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – A former Poca resident died during a military training exercise in California. 

Specialist Nicholas C. Jividen died in a training accident at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California. 

The 21-year-old graduated from Poca High School in 2015. He soon after joined the Army and was assigned to 3rd Battalion, Headquarters and Support Company, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). 

He deployed to Kuwait with the 7th Group for six months last year in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the mission to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Specialist Jividen’s death is currently under investigation. 

The Commander of 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Col. Patrick T. Colloton, released the following statement expressing his condolences with Service Members and Families of 7th SFG(A), “It was an honor having him serve within the ranks of 7th SFG(A). He was a part of our family, and will not be forgotten.”

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