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Spc. Karolina Ferrer-Padilla, 20, an Army petroleum supply specialist, died during an accident while on duty in Alaska, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.

Spc. Karolina Ferrer-Padilla, 20, an Army petroleum supply specialist, died during an accident while on duty in Alaska, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (U.S. Army)

A 20-year-old Army petroleum supply specialist died in an accident while on duty Monday in Alaska, the Army said Wednesday.

Spc. Karolina Ferrer-Padilla was assigned to the 6th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, the Army said in a news release.

The Army did not provide details on the circumstances or location of the accident, which is being investigated by the Army Criminal Investigation Division and U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center.

Ferrer-Padilla was from Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, and joined the Army in September 2019. She trained at Fort Jackson, S.C., and Fort Lee, Va., before completing the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga., the Army said.

She reported to Alaska in August 2020.

“Spc. Ferrer-Padilla was a dedicated professional, loving wife, and faithful friend,” Lt. Col. Justin Pritchard, her battalion commander, said in the release. “An aspiring leader, she brought joy and inspiration to all her fellow paratroopers.”

Her awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge, the Army said.

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Wyatt Olson is based in the Honolulu bureau, where he has reported on military and security issues in the Indo-Pacific since 2014. He was Stars and Stripes’ roving Pacific reporter from 2011-2013 while based in Tokyo. He was a freelance writer and journalism teacher in China from 2006-2009.
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