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Fort Bragg paratrooper dies in airborne training incident

Posted June 1, 2014
Updated June 2, 2014

Shaina B. Schmigel. Photo courtesy of Facebook

— A 21-year-old Fort Bragg paratrooper died Friday during an airborne training exercise, the military announced Sunday.

Sgt. Shaina B. Schmigel, of Medina, N.Y., was an intelligence analyst with the 37th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

Her cause of death is under investigation, the military said.

“All of the Paratroopers in the brigade are deeply saddened by the loss of an extraordinary and much-respected member of our team,” Lt. Col. Albert Paquin, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this time of great loss. Our chaplains and our health care professionals are available to help comfort and support all of her fellow Paratroopers affected by this tragedy.”

Schmigel joined the Army in 2010 and served in Iraq in 2011. Her awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Parachutist Badge.



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  • EricaSliver Jun 2, 2014

    May she rest in peace

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 2, 2014

    Praying for her loved ones and comrades.
    Also praying there were no shenigans involved in her death, like hazing or discrimination.
    RIP, Peace Warrior, RIP!!!

  • James Kirby Jun 2, 2014
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  • Fred Garner Jun 2, 2014
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    May God envelope you in his wings that will never let you go. Our prayers are lifted to her family and to her fellow soldiers and friends.

  • Forthe Newssite Jun 2, 2014
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    So sad. She must have joined at 18 and made her family proud in those 4 years.
    Condolences to them and all who cared for her.

  • Coolsteel Jun 2, 2014

    Rest in peace Soldier. Thank you for your service. God bless you.

  • John Gardner Jun 2, 2014
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    So Sad!

  • RDcallsit Jun 2, 2014

    its impossible to imagine the pain felt by her family and friends' loss. what a sad story.