Wells was conducting weapons training with the 101st Airborne Division at a small-arms range at the time of the accident. He was medically evacuated to a base hospital, where he died of his wounds. No other soldiers were injured.
Wells was an aircraft electrician in the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. He joined the Army in 2017 and arrived at Fort Campbell in 2018 after training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Fort Eustis, Virginia.
His decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Basic Aviation Badge. He was posthumously awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal.
"101st Combat Aviation Brigade has lost an incredible member of the Destiny family. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of this soldier," Lt. Col. Cayton Johnson, commander, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, said in a statement. "We ask that everyone respect the privacy of his family as they grieve this tragic loss."
The cause of the incident is under investigation.