Army investigating death of two-time 82nd Airborne combatives champion

US Army officials are investigating the death of an Airborne Infantryman who died in his barracks last week at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Sgt. Matthew D. Joskowitz of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2/501st PIR was a New Jersey native and a respected member of his unit, and reportedly died of a non-training-related cause.

“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.”

According to the Army Times, the sergeant had known no other duty station than Fort Bragg, save for his Infantry and Airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Joskowitz was a squad leader at the time of his death.

In addition to the Combat Infantryman Badge, 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.

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