Soldier's Death in Army Town Under Investigation

An 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper was pronounced dead Tuesday after being found unresponsive in his Fayetteville apartment, division officials said Friday.

Staff Sgt. Michael Canida, 32, of Montrose, Iowa, was a chaplain's assistant in Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, the military said.

Canida joined the Army in May 1998. He completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and Army Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga.

After that, he was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg. He took the chaplain's assistant course in 2003, the military said.

Canida served two tours during Operation Enduring Freedom and one during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

The incident remains under investigation.

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