82nd Airborne Division paratrooper killed in training incident at Fort Bragg

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Spc. Nicholas Roberts (image courtesy U.S. Army)

FORT BRAGG, N.C.  — Fort Bragg officials say an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper died during a training operation on post Tuesday.

Details surrounding the incident have not been released. Officials would only say the Spc. Nicholas Roberts, 27, of Longwood, Florida, died during training at Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg. He was an infantryman with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Abn. Div.

The incident is currently under investigation.

“Spc. Roberts was a tremendous young man. He had only recently joined us but he brought with him experience and leadership qualities we seek in our Paratroopers,” said Col. Curtis Buzzard, commander of the 3rd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div. “We were all saddened to hear of this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

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