A senior field artillery non-commissioned officer assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Headquarters battalion was found dead Monday morning in his post apartment in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, military officials said. .
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Hamilton was 35 and originally from Plano, Texas, according to a division press release. He was part of the unit’s instant deployment to secure Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, earlier this year amid a frenzied evacuation of non-combatants.
Emergency responders pronounced the senior non-commissioned officer dead upon his arrival at his residence.
âMichael was a dedicated paratrooper, a passionate leader and a staunch friend,â said Lt. Col. Todd Sunday, who was the Hamilton Battalion commander. âHe has dedicated his life to serving his country and has done so with great distinction. His loss will be felt by many in the military and especially within the All American family. “
Hamilton’s awards included the Meritorious Service Medal, four Army Medals of Honor, seven Army Medals of Honor, two Navy Medals of Honor, and Service Awards and Badges, according to the statement. which indicate previous combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of the global war on terrorism.
He graduated from basic training in 2006, the statement said. Hamilton served in Germany, Texas, Alaska, Korea and Oklahoma during his career, in addition to Fort Bragg.
The incident is still under investigation, the statement said.
Davis Winkie is a staff reporter covering the military. He initially joined Military Times as a trainee journalist in 2020. Prior to journalism, Davis worked as a military historian. He is also the Human Resources Officer of the Army National Guard.