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Female soldier dies at Fayetteville hospital

Posted October 10, 2010 11:49 a.m. EDT
Updated October 10, 2010 11:55 a.m. EDT

— A female soldier based at Fort Bragg died Thursday after being found unresponsive at her off-base residence a day earlier, the military announced Sunday.

Sgt. Amanda Sheldon, 24, died at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. The cause of death and circumstances surrounding it were not released.

Sheldon, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., was a unit supply sergeant with the 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne), 82nd Airborne Division.

She joined the Army in October 2005 and served as an armorer at Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Germany. She was assigned to the 82nd Airborne in February. Her most recent deployment was to Kuwait.

Sheldon's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with a bronze oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

She is survived by her parents, Renee and Gary Orcatt, also of Grand Rapids, Mich.