All American paratrooper dies near Fort Bragg

Spc. Johnathon D. Poole a paratrooper assigned to Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, died Thursday in an off-post incident, according to an Army news release.

According to a spokesman with the 82nd Airborne Division the Fayetteville Police Department is investigating the incident.

The 26-year-old infantryman was with the Army since 2012 and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at 2013.

Lt. Col. Rhett Thompson, battalion commander, said in the release: “Specialist Johnathon Poole was an outstanding Paratrooper and a valued member of our team, and he was a young leader who served honorably with the battalion as a heavy weapons gunner while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq in 2015. He will truly be missed.Condolences from the ‘2 Panther’ Paratroopers go out to his family and friends” Thompson said.

Poole’s awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.