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Army Ranger Killed During Training Exercise

FORT STEWART, GA – A U.S. Army Ranger died Dec. 9, 2015, during a squad live fire exercise at Fort Stewart, Georgia.

Cpl. Andrew A. Aimesbury, 21, was seriously wounded during a live fire exercise and medevaced to the nearest treatment facility where he died of his wounds.

The incident is under investigation.

Aimesbury was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia, as a Ranger team leader.

“Cpl. Andrew Aimesbury was an exceptional Ranger leader and an extraordinary man. He was universally liked throughout the battalion for his competence as a warrior and his caring nature,” said Col. Brandon Tegtmeier, commander of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “This tragic event has affected us all and our hearts break for his family. Corporal Aimesbury will always be a member of 1st Ranger Battalion and his memory will make all of us better men.”

A native of Strafford, New Hampshire, Aimesbury served one tour in Afghanistan.

Aimesbury, was born Nov. 7, 1994, in Manchester, New Hampshire, and graduated from Dover Senior High School in Dover, New Hampshire. After he enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 2013, Aimesbury completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, as an infantryman.

After graduating from the Basic Airborne Course there, he was assigned to the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program also at Fort Benning.

Aimesbury graduated from the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program and was then assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, in September 2013.

His military education includes the U.S. Army Ranger Course, Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program.

His awards and decorations include the Ranger Tab, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Marksmanship Qualification Badge Expert-Carbine.

Aimesbury has also been awarded the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.

Aimesbury is survived by his parents, Carl and Karen Aimesbury, and his sister, Abigail, all from Somersworth, New Hampshire.

For further questions, please contact the 75th Ranger Regiment Public Affairs Office at (706) 545-4260.

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