Paratrooper from New York dies during training at Fort Bragg

A 21-year-old paratrooper from New York died this week during training, officials announced Wednesday.
Abigail Jenks was part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
She was conducting a static-line jump from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, North Carolina when the accident happened.
In a statement posted to Facebook, the 82nd Airborne Division issued a statement mourning the loss of Jenks.
Abigail Jenks was a creative, hardworking, and confident Paratrooper.
Jenks was a dedicated Paratrooper, gifted forward observer, loyal friend, and talented artist who consistently made a tremendous impact on all around her.
The Army Times reported on Wednesday that a team from Army Combat Readiness Center had been dispatched to Fort Bragg on Tuesday to lead the investigation into Jenks' death.
Jenks -- a three-time volunteer -- enlisted in the Army in October 2018 and was assigned to Fort Bragg in June 2019 after finishing advanced individual training at Fort Sill, and airborne training at Fort Benning.
She had previously received the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Army Parachutist Badge.
Lt. Col. Mike Burns told Fox News on Thursday that the Army will also posthumously award Jenks the Meritorious Service Medal.
Andrew Cuomo directed flags on state government buildings to be flown at half-staff beginning Thursday in recognition of Jenks.
"We are devastated by her loss and join her fellow soldiers, family and friends in honoring her service to our country."