19-year-old paratrooper dies on Fort Bragg

Caleb Smither


By MICHAEL FUTCH | The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. | Published: February 1, 2020

The cause of death is being investigated after a 19-year-old paratrooper with Fort Bragg's 82nd Airborne Division died Tuesday on post, according to a news release.

Private 2nd Class Caleb Smither, of Lubbock, Texas, repaired construction equipment and was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg said.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, Fort Bragg had released few details on the circumstances around Smither's death.

Smither entered the Army in May 2019 and was stationed at Fort Bragg in December 2019.

"Private Second Class Smither was an invaluable member of the Falcon Brigade and 82nd Airborne Division," said Col. Jason Curl, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team. "His passing is a devastating loss for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fellow paratroopers.

"We are with them during this difficult time," Curl said.

Smither's awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Army Parachute Badge.


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