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Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Jose Maria Pasillas
"U.S. Army Alaska has released the identity of a paratrooper who died after collapsing following a training jump at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Officials say in a release Saturday that 34-year-old Sgt. Jose Maria Pasillas of Fort Worth, Texas, was a construction equipment repairer with the 23rd Engineer Company. Pasillas collapsed on Thursday and underwent emergency surgery for a torn aorta at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. He was pronounced dead just after 8 p.m. The Army says there's no indication the soldier had a hard landing or that there was equipment failure during the parachute jump he completed prior to collapsing."