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Airman from Fort Bragg dies in training accident

Tech. Sgt. Peter Kraines, a 24th Special Operations Wing special tactics pararescueman, died while performing mountain rescue techniques in Boise, Idaho, Oct. 8, 2019. As a special tactics pararescueman, Kraines was specially trained and equipped for immediate deployment into combat operations to conduct combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations. (U.S. Air Force/Released)

An Air Force special tactics pararescueman assigned out of Fort Bragg died from injuries related to a training accident Tuesday, officials said.

Tech. Sgt. Peter Kraines, 33, was performing mountain rescue techniques in Boise, Idaho, when he was injured, officials said Thursday.

The incident is under investigation.

“This is a tragic loss to the Special Tactics community,” said Air Force Col. Matthew Allen, commander of the 24th Special Operations Wing that Kraines’ unit falls under. “We are grateful for the support from our community and our (Air Force Special Operations Command) teammates. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and teammates at this time.”

Officials said Kraines enlisted in the Air Force in March 2011 and immediately entered the two-year pararescue training program.

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After completing the program, he was assigned to the 347th Rescue Group at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.

Kraines was a military static-line jumper, free fall jumper, an Air Force combat scuba diver and certified as an emergency medical technician.

In March 2017, Kraines was assessed and selected to join the ranks within special tactics and was assigned to Fort Bragg.

As a special tactics pararescueman, Kraines was specially trained and equipped for immediate deployment into combat operations to conduct combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations, officials said.

His awards and decorations include: an Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border, Small Arms Expert Ribbon, Air Force BMT Honor Graduate Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon and NATO Medal.

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