Fort Bragg announced that Sgt. Amanda Sheldon, 24, of Belding, Mich., died Thursday at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, according to a release from the 82nd Airborne Division. Sheldon, was a unit supply sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division's 18th Fires Brigade (Airborne).
She is survived by her mother & step father, two brothers & two sisters.
Sheldon joined the Army in October 2005, according to the release, and served at Coleman Barracks in Germany before being assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in February 2010.
Sheldon deployed at least once, with her most recent deployment being to Kuwait, according to the release.
Her awards and decorations included the Army Commendation Medal with bronze leaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
Amanda had another year to go in the Army, 24-year-old Sgt. Amanda Sheldon had her sights set on attending Duke University for a medical career.
She wanted to be a physician's assistant.
She had been deployed in Kuwait during the Iraq War, returning in July 2009, and was expected to ship out for a year long deployment in Afghanistan the end of the month.
"Amanda loved her Army career, and she was proud of serving her country," said an aunt. "She was soft-spoken and sweet, but very tough and she enjoyed running."
"She kind of ribbed her middle-aged aunts and uncles about staying in shape," Sheldon said. "She was into fitness. She loved to go out dancing and she loved music."
Amanda Sheldon recently returned to the Grand Rapids area for a week so family members could throw her a going-away party before her deployment.
A good friend described her as a determined person who worked hard to attain the rank of sergeant. She earned a commendation medal for her efforts in the war on terror.
Outside of the military, Sheldon was a huge Michigan State University fan who took good care of herself and made others laugh, Murray said.
"She was very full of life". Inspite of this, her family indicates that the last year of Amanda's life had been very turbulant & that she took her life.
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