Alaska paratrooper dies during training near Fairbanks
One Alaska soldier is dead and another injured after the Humvee they were driving rolled over during training in the Yukon Training Area near Fort Wainwright.
According to a release from the U.S. Army Alaska, 25-year-old Spc. Marquise Gabriel Elliott was driving the vehicle when the rollover happened about 3 p.m. Friday. A military helicopter took Elliott to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The injured soldier was treated at the scene and returned to duty.
“Spc. Elliott was a gifted and intelligent paratrooper," wrote Lt. Col. Tobias Bennett, 2-377th PFAR commander. “His reserved and thoughtful demeanor, disciplined work ethic, and commitment to his fellow paratroopers endeared him to all fortunate enough to share time with him.”
Elliott was from North Carolina and joined the Army in October 2015; he reported to Alaska in April 2016.
He received numerous awards, including the Army Commendation Medal with “C” device to denote it was awarded for his actions in a combat situation, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, a Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal and the Army parachutist badge, the release states.
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