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Paratrooper from New York dies during training at Fort Bragg

A 21-year-old military” target=”_blank”>paratrooper<, native Spc. Abigail Jenks was part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. She was conducting a static-line jump from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Sicily Drop Zone on us-regions when the accident happened.

In a statement posted to companies, the 82nd Airborne Division issued a statement mourning the loss of Jenks. 


“Spc. Abigail Jenks was a creative, hardworking, and confident Paratrooper. Her love for genres, animals, and her friends reverberated wherever she worked,” Capt. Brian Norman, Jenks’ battery commander, said in the statement posted to Facebook. “Her compassion for fellow Paratroopers will be truly missed.”

In an accompanying release, the division wrote that Jenks was a fire support specialist serving as a forward observer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

“Spc. Jenks was a dedicated Paratrooper, gifted forward observer, loyal friend, and talented artist who consistently made a tremendous impact on all around her.  She will be dearly missed.  We are ensuring every resource is available to her family and peers to help them during this difficult time,” Lt. Col. Christopher Walsh, commander of the 1-319th AFAR, said in the release.

The Army Times reported on Wednesday that a team from military had been dispatched to Fort Bragg on Tuesday to lead the investigation into Jenks’ death.

Jenks — a three-time volunteer — enlisted in the Army in October 2018 and was assigned to Fort Bragg in June 2019 after finishing advanced individual training at us-regions, and airborne training at us-regions

She had previously received the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on terrorism” target=”_blank”>Terrorism<, Jenks is survived by her parents, three siblings and her fiancé, whom she was set to events next year.

On Wednesday, New York andrew-cuomo” target=”_blank”>Gov. Andrew Cuomo< beginning Thursday in recognition of Jenks.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our deepest sympathy to Spc. Abigail Jenks’ family and loved ones,” he said. “We are devastated by her loss and join her fellow soldiers, family and friends in honoring her service to our country.”

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