Navy senior chief assigned to Fort Bragg dies after testing positive for COVID-19
(Tribune News Service) — A Navy senior chief assigned to Fort Bragg died this month from COVID-19-related complications, a Navy news release stated Wednesday.
Master-at-Arms Senior Chief Michael Haberstumpf, 42, was assigned to the Joint Special Operations Intelligence Brigade.
According to the Navy's news release, Haberstumpf tested positive for COVID-19 Sept. 2.
He was hospitalized Sept. 9 and died Oct. 10 at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, the news release stated.
According to weekly COVID-19 Navy administrative reports, "all Navy COVID deaths have been individuals not immunized."
An obituary states Haberstumpf was born in the Netherlands and grew up in Sacramento, Calif.
After graduating from U.C. Davis with a bachelor's degree, he enlisted in the Navy and served for more than 16 years, his obituary states.
Haberstumpf's service record states he joined the Navy in May 2005 and had previous assignments in California, Washington, Japan, Texas and Illinois, before being assigned to Fort Bragg in November 2019.
Haberstumpf's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Overseas Service Medal and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist among other achievement and commendation medals.
According to his obituary, Haberstumpf loved coaching and watching sports and was a fan of the San Francisco 49ers.
"He was a faithful man who loved Jesus and his church family deeply," his obituary reads. "Mike had a great sense of humor and could find a way to laugh at almost anything. He shared a love of Disney with his family and made many memories over the years with special trips. He was always having fun and spreading joy to those around him."
The obituary states he also enjoyed outdoor activities like camping, hiking, fishing, water sports and golf and that he enjoyed cooking for others.
"He also enjoyed brewing his own beer and hoped to one day go to Germany to visit the Haberstumpf brewery," the obituary states.
Haberstumpf is survived by his wife of 16 years, two sons, parents, sisters, nieces, nephews and two family dogs, his obituary states.
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