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Soldier dies during free-fall training in Arizona

Posted March 21, 2019 5:06 a.m. EDT
Updated March 21, 2019 3:39 p.m. EDT

Ethan Carpenter

A soldier died during a free-fall training Friday, the Army announced Wednesday.

Sgt. 1st Class Ethan Carpenter was a reconnaissance specialist assigned to the Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga.

The free-fall, which took place in Arizona, was a routine training, the Army said.

Carpenter was from Trumansburg, N.Y., and joined the Army in 2007.

Before becoming joining the Regimental Special Troops Battalion in 2017, Carpenter deployed to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan eight times.

He was awarded the Purple Heart, among other honors.

Col. Joseph Ewers said in a statement that Carpenter “did the toughest jobs well and was the consummate team member when it counted the most, both in garrison training and in deployed combat.”