173rd Airborne Brigade paratrooper dies in Italy (Follow up)

By 173rd Airborne Brigade Public AffairsJanuary 8, 2017

VICENZA, Italy -- A paratrooper assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade was found dead on January 6, 2017 at his off-post residence in Vicenza.

Sgt. 1st Class John B. Owensby, 42, of Columbia, MD entered the military on Feb. 23, 2000 as a Health Care Specialist. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) since May 9, 2014.

Owensby's awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal and Parachutist's Badge, among others.

The incident is still under investigation by Italian and U.S. officials.

For further information, media should contact the 173rd Airborne Brigade Public Affairs office at +39 0444-66-4052.