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A West Virginia National Guard soldier fell to his death in a parachute accident during a military training exercise in Virginia.
FATAL PARACHUTING ACCIDENT SUFFOLK, VA (April 17, 2019) The Suffolk Police Department and Suffolk Fire & Rescue…
The West Virginia National Guard public affairs officer (PAO) stated:
The name and unit of the Soldier is being withheld until notification of the next of kin has taken place.
The West Virginia National Guard will host a press conference tomorrow [18 April] afternoon, time to be determined, to provide an update to our partners in the media.
An investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the accident.
A PAO release, the day before, talked about a new lease in West Virginia for parachute operations. It pointed to training jumps in near-by states:
Members of the Special Operations Detachment – Europe and Co. C, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), West Virginia National Guard, glide towards their landing site during static line and freefall operations Oct. 19, 2018, in Red House, Md. More than 50 Soldiers participated in multiple jump cycles throughout the day to maintain proficiency in jump operations.
Update: Nor was this the only death in training this week. Looking for a searchable copy of the Mueller Report led to a small San Diego news website. There it was reported that a member of an elite Marine unit was killed in a vehicle accident during a training exercise.
A U.S. Marine was fatally injured in a tactical-vehicle accident at Camp Pendleton, the Marine Corps announced Monday.
The critically injured Marine was airlifted to a trauma center, where he was pronounced dead Sunday night, Mannweiler said. His name was withheld pending family notification.
Training to maintain military skills is not free of risk. Leaders do their risk assessment and put mitigation measures in place to make the worst possible outcomes less likely. In the end, though, there is real risk—even in peacetime, even during “one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer.” We are blessed as a nation to have men and women who accept that risk with clear eyes, signing up and re-upping. May God bless this fallen soldier, his family, and his comrades in arms.