An 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper died in a car accident on Fort Bragg Monday, said officials in a Wednesday news release.

Spc. Michael Faulkenberry, 23, was assigned to 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

“Spc. Faulkenberry was a dedicated Paratrooper to the Falcon Brigade,” said Col. Jason Curl, the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division commander, in the release. “His passing is a tragedy that strikes at the heart of us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow Paratroopers. The Falcon Family stands with them during this difficult time.”

The release said Faulkenberry joined the Army in May of 2016, attending basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and transition to Fort Bragg the same year.

Faulkenberry’s many awards and decorations include: the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon.

The accident is still under investigation at this time. 

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