Service accident in Alaska claims the life of an Army specialist, a ‘budding leader’


SPC. Karolina Ferrer-Padilla, 20, an Army petroleum supply specialist, died in an accident while on duty in Alaska, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (US Army)

A 20-year-old Army petroleum supply specialist died in an accident while on duty Monday in Alaska, the Army said Wednesday.

SPC. Karolina Ferrer-Padilla was assigned to the 6th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, the Army said. in a press release.

The military did not provide details on the circumstances or location of the crash, which is being investigated by the Army’s Criminal Investigations Division and the United States Combat Readiness Center. US army.

Ferrer-Padilla was a native of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, and joined the military in September 2019. She trained at Fort Jackson, SC, and Fort Lee, Va., before completing the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning , Georgia, the military said. .

She traveled to Alaska in August 2020.

“Spc. Ferrer-Padilla was a dedicated professional, a loving wife and a loyal friend,” Lt. Col. Justin Pritchard, her battalion commander, said in the statement. “An aspiring leader, she brought joy and inspiration to all his fellow paratroopers.”

His awards and decorations include the Army Merit Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Parachutist Badge, the army said.

Wyatt Olson




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