An Ohio Marine died while participating in the U.S. Army’s Basic Airborne course at Fort Benning, Georgia on Tuesday, according to a news release.
Sgt. Wolfgang “Wolf” K. Weninger, 28, a critical skills operator assigned to the Marine Raider Training Center, suffered fatal injuries during the training.
Born and raised in Auburn, Ohio, he graduated from Kenston High School. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in May 2015. He went on to serve as an armory custodian with Combat Logisitics Battalion 2 from November 2015 to December 2018.
“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Sgt. Wolf Weninger – an incredibly smart, dedicated, and dependable Marine. Although he was just beginning his journey as a Marine Raider, his contributions to our legacy did not go unnoticed” said Col. Travis Homiak, the commanding officer of Marine Raider Training Center, in a release. “He lived the ethos that defines our Marine Raider culture, possessing unsurmountable determination, a deep sense of integrity, and an unconquerable spirit. That coupled with his witty sense of humor, he could always be sure to get a few laughs, even in the most challenging of times. We will continue to provide as much support as we can to Sgt. Weninger’s family as they mourn the tragic and unexpected loss of their son, brother, and friend.”