Fort Bragg paratrooper dies in airborne training incident
Posted June 1, 2014
Updated June 2, 2014
Fort Bragg, N.C. — 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.