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82nd Airborne Division paratrooper from Florida dies during training operation at Fort Bragg

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FORT BRAGG, North Carolina — After the death of a second paratrooper this month, the Army has suspended Airborne training at Fort Bragg until units in the 18th Airborne Corps complete a refresher course at the Advanced Airborne School.

Base officials made the announcement Thursday following the death earlier in the day in a training jump of 27-year-old Spc. Nicholas Roberts of Longwood, Florida.

On April 16, 19-year-old Pvt. Joshua D. Phillips, 19, died during a training exercise at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

The Fayetteville Observer reports http://bit.ly/1JVBOE3 both soldiers were using T-11 parachutes, associated with at least four deaths at Fort Bragg since 2011.

Maj. Thomas Campbell, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, says since January 2014, division paratroopers completed more than 63,000 jumps. They resulted in three fatalities and 105 incidents such as entanglements.

The refresher training does not affect special operations troops.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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