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Fallen Nightstalker remembered

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Capt. Clayton Carpenter (Source: Fort Campbell) Capt. Clayton Carpenter (Source: Fort Campbell)

Friends and family of Capt. Clayton Carpenter are remembering a soldier gone too soon.

Carpenter died late Wednesday night at the controls of a Blackhawk MH-60M helicopter. He was 31 years old, a New York native and a member of the Army's elite 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, known as the Nightstalkers because they specialize in flying after dark.

Carpenter spent more than nine years in the Army, surviving tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before losing  his life in a training exercise at Hunter Army Airfield.

The Army is  investigating the cause of the fatal accident.

Two other soldiers were wounded but are expected to recover.

Carpenter is survived by his parents, who live in New York, and a younger brother.

The Carpenters have asked for privacy and released this statement.

"He was a loving son, brother, friend and inspiration to those of us whose lives he had touched. He will be dearly missed by all."

The Army will hold a closed ceremony to remember Carpenter Tuesday morning at Hunter Army Airfield.

His funeral is tentatively scheduled for Saturday in New York.

He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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