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Army identifies soldier killed during training exercise near Eloy as Master Sgt. Nathan Goodman

Posted: 8:50 PM, Jan 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-15 16:45:35-05
Soldier falls to their death near Eloy in freefall training crash
Soldier falls to their death near Eloy in freefall training crash

ELOY, Ariz. — The U.S. Army has identified the soldier who died during a training exercise near Eloy Tuesday as 36-year-old Master Sgt. Nathan Goodman.

Officials say Goodman, of Hope Mills, North Carolina, completed four deployments to Afghanistan, one to Iraq, two to Africa, and one to Kyrgyzstan.

“Nathan was a beloved member of 3rd Special Forces Group and an exceptional leader in the Special Operations community,” said Col. Nathan Prussian, Commander, 3rd SFG (A). “Our heartfelt condolences go out to his Family during this difficult time and our priority now rests with taking care of them and our Soldiers,” he added.

"We are aware of an incident resulting in the death of a U.S. Army Special Operations Command Soldier during a routine military free fall [sic] training event that occurred Jan. 14 near Eloy, Arizona. No additional information can be provided as this incident is under investigation,” U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesperson Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said in a release Tuesday evening.

Natha Goodman, 36, of Hope Mills, North Carolina, died Jan. 14, during a routine military free fall training exercise

This is a developing story. Stay with ABC15 and ABC15.com for updates.