A news release from the soldier's division, the North Carolina-based 82nd Airborne, says Pvt. Joshua D. Phillips, 19, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died during the exercise Thursday.
Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Cathy Wilkinson says Phillips died while parachuting during an exercise to simulate the seizure of an airstrip. The cause is under investigation and she couldn't elaborate.Jumping out of airplanes is dangerous, even during training exercises. I'm sure that Pvt Phillips was a noble warrior, a paragon of virtue, and a joy to his family and friends. Even if I never knew him, I mourn for him. Rest in peace, Pvt Philips, and repose in the thanks of a grateful nation.