FORT BRAGG, NC – A paratrooper from Saratoga County was killed during a training operation Monday at Fort Bragg, military officials said.
Spc. Abigail Jenks, 21, of Gansevoort, was conducting a jump from a Blackhawk helicopter called a static-line jump when she was fatally injured, officials said.
Jenks was part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
The incident remained under investigation Wednesday.
Jenks was a fire support specialist serving as a forward observer with the brigade’s Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.
“Spc. Jenks was a dedicated paratrooper, gifted forward observer, loyal friend, and talented artist who consistently made a tremendous impact on all around her,” Lt. Col. Christopher Walsh, commander of the 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, said in the release. “She will be dearly missed. We are ensuring every resource is available to her family and peers to help them during this difficult time.”
Jenks enlisted in the Army in October 2018 and was assigned to Fort Bragg as a paratrooper in June 2019, the release read. The release also described her as a three-time volunteer and indicated she completed advanced individual training at Fort Sill, Okla., and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga.
“Spc. Abigail Jenks was a creative, hardworking, and confident Paratrooper. “Her love for art, animals, and her friends reverberated wherever she worked.” Capt. Brian Norman, Jenks’ battery commander, said in the release. “Her compassion for fellow paratroopers will be truly missed.”
Her awards and decorations include 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.
She is also to be posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
She is survived by her parents.