JBER paratrooper killed in Anchorage motorcycle crash

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 10:21
  • Staff Sgt. James Trent Alcorn, 35, died after he crashed his motorcycle on the Glenn Highway near Gambell Street in Anchroage, according to U.S. Army Alaska officials. (Photo courtesy U.S. Army Alaska)

A 35-year-old paratrooper died Saturday after he lost control of his motorcycle on the Glenn Highway.

According to U.S. Army Alaska, Staff Sgt. James Trent Alcorn was pronounced dead at the scene where he struck a pole after crashing his motorcycle near Gambell Street. Alcorn was a member of the Army’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The 4/25 (or “Spartan Brigade) is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

The Army said he joined in 2006 from Lexington, Kentucky and and was assigned to Alaska in 2016. He served two combat tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, the Army said in a press release.

“Staff Sgt. Alcorn was an amazing paratrooper, leader, and noncommissioned officer,” said Lt. Col. Tobias Bennett, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 337th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment. “He was well-known throughout the battalion for his technical and tactical competence, his upbeat personality, and his ability to motivate and care for his paratroopers. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.”

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