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Sgt. Shaina B. Schmigel, 21, of Medina, N.Y.

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — An 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper died Friday during a T-11 airborne training exercise at Holland Drop Zone, according to WTVD-TV.

Sgt. Shaina B. Schmigel, 21, of Medina, N.Y., was an intelligence analyst with the 37th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

“All of the Paratroopers in the brigade are deeply saddened by the loss of an extraordinary and much-respected member of our team,” said Lt. Col. Albert Paquin, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team. “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 Aug. 2010. She completed Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and advanced training at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. She also trained at Fort Benning in Georgia before reporting to the 82nd Airborne Division where she was assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team in June 2011.

Schmigel deployed to Iraq from July to November 2011.

She earned many awards and decorations, including the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. She also earned the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster.

The cause of death is under investigation.

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