Fort Bragg soldier killed during training exercise in Louisiana

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Fort Bragg paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division was killed during a training exercise in Louisiana.

Private Joshua D. Phillips, 19, was a combat engineer with the Alpha Company, 37th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

Phillips, from Las Vegas, was assigned to this division in February. Officials said he was training at the Joint Readiness Center in Fort Polk when he was killed on Thursday.

"The entire battalion was shocked to hear the tragic news of Pvt. Phillips' death," Lt. Col. Andrew Liffring said in a release. "Since his arrival a couple of months ago, Josh made an immediate impact in Alpha company and in the battalion. He showed so much potential at such a young age and will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences remain with his family and friends during this time of great loss."

Phillips' death is being investigated.

Phillips received awards and decorations during his time in the Army, including the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Parachutist Badge.

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