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Fort Wainwright soldier dies in head-on collision on Alaska highway

Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, Fort Wainwright, Alaska, prepare CH-47 Chinook helicopters for a mission March 12, 2018, as part of the Joint Force Land Component Command in support of exercise Arctic Edge 18. (Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez/U.S. Air Force)

A cavalry soldier stationed in Alaska died Friday in a head-on collision, the Army said in a statement Monday.

Pfc. Prentice Letroy Lewis-Rankin, 20, of Brewton, Ala., collided with another vehicle while driving on Parks Highway between the towns of Talkeetna and Willow, which lie north of Anchorage.

Lewis-Rankin was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Alaska State Troopers, who are investigating the collision, the Army said.

Lewis-Rankin was a cavalry scout stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, since May 2018. He was assigned to the 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division

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He enlisted in January 2018 and trained at Fort Benning, Ga., the Army said.

“Pfc. Lewis-Rankin was an exceptional Trooper — hard working, trustworthy — and an amazing friend and teammate to many throughout the Blackhawk Squadron,” said Lt. Col Aaron Mock, 5-1 Cavalry commander, in the statement.

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