West Mich. paratrooper found dead near N.C. base

Military authorities said a paratrooper from West Michigan has been found dead at a home near his base in North Carolina, and the circumstances are under investigation.
AP Wire
Dec 11, 2012

Officials at Fort Bragg said 37-year-old Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Griffey of Byron Center was found unresponsive Friday at an apartment in Fayetteville, N.C.

Griffey was part of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division. His assignment was with the Headquarters Company, 782nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team.

Lt. Col. Geoffrey Kent said Griffey was "a dedicated leader" who "touched the lives of countless paratroopers and their families."

Griffey joined the Army in 1993 and served on two combat deployments, first in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, and then in Afghanistan in 2007.

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