A U.S. Army of Alaska soldier died Saturday evening in Fairbanks. Pfc. Jeremiah Mathew Wombacher died from a gunshot wound Aug. 3, according to USARAK Media Relations Chief John Pennell.

“Jeremiah was an outstanding Soldier and an essential part of this squadron,” said Lt. Col. Aaron Mock, 5-1 Cavalry commander. “This is an extremely sad time for the organization and we send our deepest condolences to his family and friends who are struggling with his loss. He will be deeply missed.”

Wombacher was a cavalry scout assigned to the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division's 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment.

The 22-year-old soldier hailed from Warrenton, Missouri and joined the Army in March 2018. He trained at Fort Benning in Georgia before reporting to Alaska in July 2018. 

His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

This is the second death of a soldier in the last 60 days. Another soldier died in early June 2019.

Pennell says Fairbanks Police Department is investigating the latest case. 

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