US Army paratrooper, 29, is found dead in barracks at Fort Bragg in North Carolina
- Pfc. Mikel Rubino, of Oroville, California, was found dead in the barracks at Fort Bragg on Friday
- Officials have opened an investigation into the paratrooper’s death
- Rubino joined the Army in 2020 and moved into Fort Bragg earlier this year
- He is survived by his wife Alyssa and daughter Legacy
- On the day Rubino’s death was announced, Biden sent 1,000 US troops to Kabul in an effort to secure an ‘orderly and safe drawdown’ of non-military personnel
Rubino, 29, was pronounced dead after being discovered unconscious in his barracks room at Fort Bragg on Friday
US Army officials are investigating the death of a 29-year-old paratrooper whose body was discovered in his barracks at the Fort Bragg base in North Carolina on Friday.
Pfc. Mikel Rubino, of Oroville, California, was declared deceased after being found unconscious his barracks room by emergency medical services.
‘This is a tough loss for his command and fellow Paratroopers,’ wrote Rubino’s Col. Phillip J. Kinniery III, commander of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
‘The loss of Mikel to his family, friends, and fellow Paratroopers is a tragedy,’ he added.
‘We mourn Mikel’s passing alongside his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.’
Rubino joined the Army in 2020 and moved into Fort Bragg earlier this year.
Pictured: a sign for at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where Rubino was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team
Rubino joined the Army in 2020 and arrived at Fort Bragg earlier this year
Kinniery III stated Rubino’s decorations and awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Parachutist Badge.
He had served as an infantryman assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
On Thursday, thousands of troopers with Rubino’s army contingent from Fort Bragg’s 82nd Airborne Division were sent to evacuate the US Embassy in Kabul amidst ongoing violence in the region at the hands of the Taliban.
The terrorist cell has captured large swaths of Afghanistan ever since President Joe Biden formally announced in April the removal of American troops out of the country by September 11.
Rubino is survived by his wife, Alyssa, and daughter Legacy, and his mother Sheila
On the day Rubino’s death was announced, Biden sent 1,000 US troops to the war torn country in an effort to secure an ‘orderly and safe drawdown’ of American diplomats and non-military personnel in Kabul, according to WITN.
Military strategists have predicted the fall of the Afghani capital to occur within the next day or so, with Taliban insurgents only 40 miles away from Kabul as of yesterday.
Meanwhile, Rubino’s sudden and mysterious death is currently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department, according to army officials.
He is survived by his wife, Alyssa, and daughter Legacy, and his mother Sheila.