Hunter Army Ranger killed in airborne jump

SAVANNAH, Ga. – An Army Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield, died from injuries sustained in an airborne proficiency jump, according to U.S. Army officials.

26-year-old Staff Sgt. Avonye John Cavon Chisolm died on August 24th after he was airlifted to Memorial University Medical Center.

Chisholm, who was an Atlanta native, was a Culinary Specialist Non-Commissioned Officer who deployed five times for Operation Enduring Freedom.

He earned his General Education Diploma from Fort Stewart Youth Challenge Academy and enlisted in the Army in 2008.

He went trough Basic Combat training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and advanced individual training as a Culinary Specialist at Fort Lee, Virginia.  He was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment after graduating from the Basic Airborne Course and Ranger Assessment and Selection Program at Fort Benning, Georgia in 2009.

His awards and decorations include the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, U.S. Army Expert Rifle Marksmanship Qualification Badge-Carbine. Chisolm has also been awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Presidential Unit Citation Award, Army Good Conduct Medal 2nd Award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon 2nd Award, Army Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.

Chisolm is survived by his father Harrell Chisolm of Atlanta, Georgia and his grandmother Celestine Herbert of Charleston, South Carolina.

Staff Sgt. Avonye John Cavon Chisolm
Staff Sgt. Avonye John Cavon Chisolm

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