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Mesa native overseas with Army found dead near train station

PHOENIX — A Phoenix-area soldier who was deployed to the U.S. Army overseas training command has been found dead in Germany.

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The Atlantic Resolve mission said Tuesday that 1st Sgt. Nicholas S. Amsberry, a Mesa native, was found near a train station earlier this week in the the town of Parsberg. Emergency services pronounced him dead at the scene.

The cause of the 34-year-old’s death on Sunday was under investigation, the U.S. Army said.

“He was a highly-respected leader in our organization, and he will truly be missed,” Lt. Col. Peter Moon, commander, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade out of Fort Riley, Kansas, said in a statement.

“We will continue to be there for his family and his soldiers throughout this difficult time.”

Amsberry was deployed to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in nearby Hohenfels and was serving a nine-month deployment. The training area is about 60 miles from the Czech Republic border.

He was with the 1st Infantry Division and had been sent to Europe in September as part of Atlantic Resolve, a mission meant to reassure eastern allies after Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

Amsberry had received numerous awards and decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal; five Army Commendation Medals and seven Army Achievement Medals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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