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Godspeed, Sergeant Shaina Schmigel

From the 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division...sad news:


From the 2nd BCT's Facebook page:

Sgt. Shaina B. Schmigel, 21, an intelligence analyst with the 37th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 82nd Abn. Div., died during a standard T-11 parachute jump at Holland Drop Zone, Friday.

“All of the Paratroopers in the brigade are deeply saddened by the loss of an extraordinary and much-respected member of our team,” said Lt. Col. Albert Paquin, commander of the 2nd BCT. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this time of great loss. Our chaplains and our health care professionals are available to help comfort and support all of her fellow Paratroopers affected by this tragedy.”

Being a paratrooper is a dangerous job.  Sergeant Schmigel risked her life every time that she exited an aircraft in flight.  Death is a possibility that all Airborne accept, and it's what makes them family.  Some break, most endure and a precious few pay the ultimate price for liberty.

Even in peacetime, military service is a dangerous job.

Godspeed, Sergeant.  Prayers on the way to your family, friends, and comrades.