Fort Bragg paratrooper dies in accident during training jump

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Fort Bragg (Photo: WTVD)

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — Officials at Fort Bragg say a paratrooper was killed during a training jump.

News outlets report the Army base said 21-year-old Spc. Abigail Jenks of Gansevoort, New York, was part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

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Spc. Abigail Jenks, 21, of Gansevoort, New York

A news release from the division says Jenks was performing a static-line jump from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter on Monday when the accident occurred. Officials released her identity on Wednesday.

Jenks was a fire support specialist serving as a forward observer with the brigade’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.

Jenks’ death is under investigation.