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Army IDs Green Beret killed in Eloy parachute training jump

A U.S. Army special operations soldier was killed earlier this week during a free-fall training jump in Eloy, north of Tucson, officials said.

Master Sergeant Nathan Goodman, 36, was a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and recipient of two Bronze Stars.

Goodman was killed in what the Army called a "routine military free-fall training event."

"Nathan was a beloved member of 3rd Special Forces Group and an exceptional leader in the special operations community," said Col. Nathan Prussian, the unit's commander. "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."

Goodman was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., home of the Army's Special Operations Command,

Goodman died Monday night or early Tuesday morning, and his body was recovered Tuesday. Army officials said the incident was under investigation, and have not disclosed the circumstances of his death.

Eloy's municipal airport is frequently used for military special operations parachute training, as well as being the home of private recreational parachute companies.

Free-fall jumps include a delay in opening a parachute after a jumper leaves the aircraft, and are often conducted from high altitude.

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Goodman, who grew up near Chicago, was deployed eight times during his nearly two decades in the military. He served during four deployments to Afghanistan, one to Iraq, one to Kyrgyzstan and two to Africa, his service record indicated.

The Green Beret had received two Bronze Star medals, three Army Commendation Medals, the Special Forces Tab, a Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge and Parachutist’s Master Rated Military Freefall Badge.

Goodman had been a chief instructor at Fort Bragg's 1st Special Warfare Training Group.

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MSgt. Nathan Goodman