Fort Bragg soldier assigned to Special Forces killed during physical training

Sgt. Jalisha Tucker (Facebook)

An Army parachute packer for 3rd Special Forces Group’s Support Battalion was killed during physical training last week.

Sgt. Jalisha Vonshay Tucker, 24, was struck by a vehicle around 6:45 a.m. on Oct. 24, according to Army officials.

A spokeswoman for 1st Special Forces Command, Major Beth Riordan, said Tucker was on foot at the time of the accident.

Riordan said she could not comment on the incident, referring questions related to safety procedures to garrison public affairs officials, who also declined to comment, according to FayObserver.

Lt. Col. Chris Paone, commander of Group Support Battalion, said Tucker was ready to take on the rigorous coursework and responsibilities of an Army jumpmaster and military free fall.

“Sgt. Jalisha Tucker was the consummate, balanced professional representing her fellow soldiers, leading her rigger inspection procedures team, representing the very best of our special operations community,” Paone said. “She inspired others to perform their very best, most recently, as she mentored a young and up-and-coming soldier to compete for the Soldier of the Month Board and another to be promoted in the (noncommissioned officer) ranks.”

After the accident, Tucker was taken to Womack Army Medical Center where she was flown to UNC Chapel Hill by helicopter.

Tucker was previously assigned to the 647th Quartermaster Aerial Delivery Company, where she served as an airdrop equipment repair NCO and inspector tester.

During her time in service she earned the Army Commendation Award (2 oak leaf clusters), the Army Achievement Medal (4 oak leaf clusters), the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NCO Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Parachutist Badge and the Parachute Rigger Badge.

The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command is investigating the incident.

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