Members of 1st Special Forces Command mourn a soldier who died in a car accident at Fort Bragg this week.

Sgt. 1st Class Nikyisha T. Boyd, 35, from Kissimmee, Fla., Died Monday of a traffic accident.

“The loss of Sgt. Boyd 1st Class will be deeply felt at this Headquarters and throughout the Psychological Operations Command and Regiment,” said Maj. Gen. John Brennan, commander of the 1st Special Forces Command. “We will ensure that every effort is made to provide the best possible care for your family and loved ones at this time of immense loss.”

Born in New York City on April 27, 1985, Boyd joined the Tampa, Florida Army in 2004 as a specialist in psychological surgery.

In April 2004, she attended Basic Combat Training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

Upon graduation, she was transferred to Fort Bragg and attended the specialty course in psychological surgery.

Boyd spent most of her career in the 4th and 8th Groups of Psychological Surgery at Fort Bragg.

As a specialist in psychological operations, Boyd has been deployed eight times, including to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, the Philippines and Lithuania.

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She completed the Basic, Advanced, and Senior Leader courses. US Army Airborne School; Special Operations Jumpmaster Course; Tactical Information Operations Course; Military Deception Planner Course; Indonesian Special Operations Language Course; and the Psychological Operations Specialist Course.

Boyd’s awards and accolades include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Medal of merit; Medal of Commendation for Common Service; Army Commendation Medal (fourth award); Joint Service Achievement Medal (second award); Army Good Conduct Medal (fifth award); National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Campaign Medal (Campaign Star); Iraq Campaign Medal (Campaign Star); Expedition Medal for the Global War on Terrorism; Global War on Terrorism Medal; Ribbon for the professional development of the NCO (third award); Army Service Ribbon; NATO medal; and parachutist badges.

The representative Rachael Riley can be reached at rriley@fayobserver.com or 910-486-3528.

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