Sgt. First Class Ethan Carpenter, a soldier and Trumansburg native, died during routine military free-fall training in Arizona last week, according to United States Army Special Operations Command.
Carpenter had been deployed to combat eight times, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, before he became a reconnaissance specialist assigned to the Regimental Special Troops Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
In a statement, Colonel Joseph Ewers, Commander of the Regimental Special Troops Battalion said:
“Sgt. First Class Ethan Carpenter was an exemplary Soldier and Ranger Leader, and a dedicated husband and father. He did the toughest jobs well and was the consummate team member when it counted the most, both in garrison training and in deployed combat. He represented our Nation’s best, and we’ll miss him dearly,“
Carpenter’s awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal with OLC, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Ranger Tab, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, Senior Parachutists Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
He died on Friday, March 15.