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Local soldier dies during training exercise

Fort Bragg, N.C. -- A soldier from Orleans County died during a training exercise at Fort Bragg Friday.

Sgt. Shaina Schmigel, 21, of Medina, was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division.

According to a release from Fort Bragg, the cause of Schmigel's death is under investigation.

"All of the Paratroopers in the brigade are deeply saddened by the loss of an extraordinary and much-respected member of our team," said Lt. Col. Albert Paquin, commander of the 2nd BCT. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this time of great loss. Our chaplains and our health care professionals are available to help comfort and support all of her fellow Paratroopers affected by this tragedy."

Schmigel joined the Army in August 2010. She was deployed to Iraq in 2011, from June to November.

According to the release, her awards and decorations include:

The Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Parachutist Badge.

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