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Soldier dies from gunshot during live-fire training in Alaska

U.S. Army paratroopers with the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division jump from an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft April 17, 2013, at Malamute Drop Zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (DoD photo by Justin Connaher, U.S. Air Force/Released)

An airborne infantryman was shot and killed Saturday during an exercise in the Donnelly Training Area near Fort Greely, Alaska, the Army said Monday.

Spc. Nicholas Peter DiMona III, 20, assigned to the Army’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, died from a gunshot wound during live-fire training with his unit, the Army said in a statement.

Medical personnel on site provided immediate care, and DiMona was airlifted by medevac helicopter to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the Army said.

Fort Greely is about 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

His death is being investigated, the Army said.

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DiMona was from Medford Lakes, N.J., and joined the Army in July 2017. He trained at Fort Benning, Ga., before reporting to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, in April 2018, the Army said. His awards included the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the parachutist badge.

“Nick was an outstanding paratrooper with an infectious personality and an uncanny desire to excel no matter the challenge,” Col. Jason Jones, brigade commander, said in the statement. “He will be missed by the entire Spartan Brigade. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”

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