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1st Special Forces Command mourns death of soldier who died in Fort Bragg car accident

A sign at one of the entrances to Fort Bragg. (Fish Cop./WikiCommons)

Members of the 1st Special Forces Command are mourning the death of a soldier who died in a car accident on Fort Bragg this week.

Sgt. 1st Class Nikyisha T. Boyd, 35, of Kissimmee, Florida, died Monday, from injuries suffered during a traffic accident, officials said.

“The loss of Sgt. 1st Class Boyd will be deeply felt throughout this headquarters, across the command, and within the psychological operations regiment,” said Maj. Gen. John Brennan, commander of 1st Special Forces Command. “We will ensure every effort is taken to provide the greatest possible care for her family and loved ones during this time of immense loss.”

Born in New York City on April 27, 1985, Boyd enlisted in the Army from Tampa, Florida, in 2004 as a psychological operations specialist.

In April of 2004, she attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

After graduation, she was assigned to Fort Bragg and attended the Psychological Operations Specialist Course.

Boyd spent the majority of her career assigned to the 4th and 8th Psychological Operations Groups at Fort Bragg, officials said.

As a psychological operations specialist, Boyd deployed eight times, including tours to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, the Philippines, and Lithuania.

She graduated from the Basic, Advanced and Senior Leader Courses; U.S. Army Airborne School; Special Operations Jumpmaster Course; Tactical Information Operations Course; Military Deception Planners Course; Indonesian Special Operations Language Course; and the Psychological Operations Specialist Course.

Boyd’s awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal (fourth award); Joint Service Achievement Medal (second award); Army Good conduct Medal (fifth award); National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (Campaign Star); Iraq Campaign Medal (Campaign Star); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (third award); Army Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; and Parachutist Badge.


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