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Tragic Training Accident Kills Airman in Fort Bragg

October 15, 2019

FORT BRAGG, NC- writes that an airman died in a tragic accident from injuries he sustained during a training exercise. The victim was reportedly a 33-year-old Air Force special tactics pararescueman. The airman was training in mountain rescue techniques at the time of the accident.*

According to official reports, the airman entered the Air Force 2011 and started training with the pararescue program. Once he completed his trained, he was assigned to the 347thRescue Group, which is located at the Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.  

The victim was a free fall jumper, a static-line jumper, a combat scuba diver, and a certified emergency medical technician. He joined the special tactics unit in 2017. 

The special tactics unit receives specialized training to respond for immediate deployment during combat operations and to conduct personnel recovery operations and combat search and rescue missions. 

The commander overseeing the victim’s unit stated that the airman’s death was a “tragic loss for the Special Tactics community.” 

The accident is currently under investigation.   

According to, in recent years, training has killed more military personnel than active combat. In 2011, the military reported more accidental training deaths than combat fatalities in what was considered at the time to be an anomaly. As of 2018, it is apparent that is was a trend. Aviation-related accidents are one of the leading causes, but the phenomenon is not limited to the Air Force.

There is some debate as to what can be done in response. Many in the military point out that there is a need for training to be difficult, but that making training challenging comes with inherent risks. 

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