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Fort Bragg soldier found dead on post

Posted August 27, 2014 6:37 p.m. EDT
Updated August 28, 2014 5:08 a.m. EDT

— An 82nd Airborne paratrooper was found dead on post Saturday from a gunshot wound, the military announced Wednesday.

Sgt. Adam Gilliam, 28, of Morristown, Tenn., was a cavalry scout in B Troop, 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Military officials did not say whether the gunshot wound was self-inflicted or not.

“Sgt. Gilliam was a dedicated and hard working young leader,” said Lt. Col. Michael Wiser, commander of the 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, in a statement. “His dedication was manifested in the multiple deployments to Afghanistan, spanning 18 months, and the countless hours he spent helping his fellow soldiers. He will be sorely missed.”

Gilliam joined the Army in 2005 and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 and 2012. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in May.

Gilliam's awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal (four oak-leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (two oak-leaf cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal (two loops), the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (numeral 2), the Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal (one bronze star), the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist Badge.