The U.S. Army Alaska is investigating the accidental shooting death of a solider that happened during a training exercise near Fort Greely.

In a release sent Monday, the Army says 20-year-old Spc. Nicholas Peter DiMona III died on Saturday while participating in live-fire training in the Donnelly Training Area.

Although medical personnel were able to provide care immediately, DiMona was taken by medevac helicopter to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“Nick was an outstanding paratrooper with an infectious personality and an uncanny desire to excel no matter the challenge,” said Col. Jason Jones, brigade commander. “He will be missed by the entire Spartan Brigade. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”

DiMona was an infantryman assigned to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division.

He was from Medford Lakes, New Jersey and joined the Army in July 2017. He trained at Fort Benning, Georgia before coming to Alaska last April.

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