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Army investigates death of a 'rising star’ paratrooper on Fort Bragg

Army officials are investigating the circumstances that led to a paratrooper’s death on Fort Bragg, North Carolina, last week.

Sgt. Matthew D. Joskowitz died at roughly 9 p.m. on Halloween at his barracks. The soldier’s death was not training related, according to division spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Burns.

Burns said he was unable to discuss the facts of the case as the investigation is ongoing.

The 24-year-old from Fairview, New Jersey, was an infantryman assigned to 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

“SGT Joskowitz represents the very best of our nation,” Lt. Col. Christopher Brawley, his battalion commander, said in a statement. “He was revered by his fellow paratroopers, and was a superb non-commissioned officer. We are focusing on caring for his friends and family as they mourn this tragic loss.”

Joskowitz enlisted into the Army in May 2014 and spent his five-year career at Fort Bragg.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of SGT Matthew Joskowitz,” Capt. Christopher Cioffoletti, the Delta Company commander, said in a statement.

“A rising star in our battalion, Sgt. Joskowitz was motivated by a deep love for both his country and his fellow Paratroopers," Cioffoletti added. "Joskowitz was an exemplary noncommissioned officer and Paratrooper in every sense. His loss will be deeply felt by the entire Geronimo Family”

Joskowitz is a recipient of the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

His awards also include the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with combat device, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon and the NATO Medal.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of SGT. Joskowitz and our thoughts and prayers are with his fellow troopers and their families," Maj. Gen. James J. Mingus said in a statement.

“He represented what is exceptional in our Division, our Army, and our Nation. He was a three-time volunteer who excelled at everything. He will be mourned but never forgotten," Mingus added.

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