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By Tom Sileo, The Stream, April 23, 2021

Tom Sileo is a contributing senior editor of The Stream. He is co-author of Three Wise MenBrothers Forever8 Seconds of Courage and Fire in My Eyes. Follow Tom on Twitter @TSileo and The Stream at @Streamdotorg.


Tom SileoThe brave men and women of our military don’t just risk their lives while at war overseas. Many also do so on a daily basis while training here at home.

Tragically, a training accident this week at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg claimed the promising young life of U.S. Army Spc. Abigail Jenks. The paratrooper was just 21 years old.

“Specialist Jenks was a dedicated paratrooper, gifted forward observer, loyal friend and talented artist who consistently made a tremendous impact on all around her,” U.S. Army Lt. Col. Christopher Walsh said in a statement released by the 82nd Airborne Division. “She will be dearly missed.” …

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