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US Army paratrooper dies in training accident at Fort Stewart

Paratroopers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conduct a rotary-wing airborne operation onto Sicily drop zone, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, May 5, 2020. (Sgt. Cody Parsons/U.S. Army)
September 10, 2020

A Fort Bragg-based paratrooper died on Wednesday during airborne training at Fort Stewart, Ga., the U.S. Army announced Thursday.

The specific details surrounding the paratrooper’s death have not yet been disclosed, but the incident is under investigation, the U.S. Army said in a statement to American Military News.

The paratrooper was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, nicknamed “Panther Brigade.”

The paratrooper’s identity has not yet been released, and is withheld until 24 hours after next of kin notification, per DOD policy.

The incident comes nearly a year after 3 U.S. Army soldiers were killed in an armor vehicle training accident also at Fort Stewart.

In October 2019, Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Jenkins, 41, of Gainesville, Fla., Cpl. Thomas Walker, 22, of Ohio, and Pfc. Antonio Garcia, 21, of Ariz., all lost their lives when the Bradley Fighting Vehicle they were riding in at Fort Stewart rolled off a bridge during training and landed upside down in a stream. Three other soldiers were injured in the incident.