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Fort Bragg IDs soldier who died over the weekend


Fort Bragg officials have identified a soldier who was found unresponsive in a parked vehicle on Fort Bragg on Friday and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The soldier, Maj. Eric “Adam” Ewoldsen, was assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg officials said. The 38-year-old was a native of Greer, South Carolina, and was assigned to U.S. Army Special Operations Command in 2016.

The cause of death is under investigation.

“The sudden loss of Adam is a tragedy to his family, friends and fellow soldiers,” Lt. Gen. Jonathan Braga, the commanding general for U.S. Army Special Operations Command, said in a release. “He was an outstanding officer and teammate, and he will be sorely missed. We will mourn his passing, and support his family through this difficult time.”

Ewoldsen entered the Army in 2007 as an infantry officer. He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Fort Richardson, Alaska, in 2008; to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 2010; and to the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, in 2012, Fort Bragg officials said.

He deployed several times to Afghanistan and Iraq in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve.

Ewoldsen graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2007. He completed the Command and General Staff College; Infantry Basic Officer Leader Course; Infantry Mortar Leader Course; Infantry Maneuver Captain’s Career Course; Ranger School; Basic Airborne Course; Military Free Fall Parachutist Course; and Combatives Levels 1 and 2, Fort Bragg officials said.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (fourth award); Meritorious Service Medal (second award); Army Commendation Medal (third award); Army Achievement Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (three campaign stars); Iraq Campaign Medal (three campaign stars); Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (third award); NATO Medal; Ranger Tab; Combat Infantryman Badge; Expert Infantryman Badge; Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge; and Parachutist Badge, the release said.

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