A Savannah-based U.S. Army Ranger died Thursday after being injured during training at Fort Stewart.
Staff Sgt. Avonye John Cavon Chisolm suffered serious injuries during an airborne proficiency jump Wednesday at Galahad Drop Zone, said Tracy Bailey, spokeswoman for the 75th Ranger Regiment.
Chisolm, 26, was flown to Memorial University Medical Center and died the next day.
The incident is under investigation, Bailey said.
Chisolm was assigned to Company E, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield as a culinary specialist non-commissioned officer.
“Staff Sgt. Avonye Chisolm represented the best of our Ranger leaders. He had an impact on every Ranger in this Battalion through his tireless work ethic, positive attitude and contagious smile,” said Lt. Col. Robert S. Brown, Commander of the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “He made us feel like we could shoulder more than our fair share of the task, because he always led from the front. His loss will be felt across the organization and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”
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