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    "He was a SOT-A Soldier doing exactly what SOT-A's do," his commander said, "fighting alongside his special forces teammates in the most difficult, dangerous places while carrying heavy loads of technical gear that saves lives of our forces and takes the lives of our enemies."


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    A 19-year-old soldier stationed at Fort Benning died in a parachuting accident Tuesday afternoon, according to the Muscogee County Coroner's Office. Coroner Buddy Bryan said the soldier was practicing diving with team members when another soldier accidentally went under his parachute and took the wind out of it. He fell between 120 feet and 150 feet.
    The accident occurred during the third week of Airborne School, according to Fort Benning officials.
    The student was taken to Midtown Medical Center (formerly known as The Medical Center), where he was pronounced dead.
    The accident is under investigation, Fort Benning officials said.
    The soldier was born in the Dominican Republic.
    Bryan said the body has been transferred to army personnel for an autopsy.
    The news comes almost four months after an Army Ranger died during a parachute drill in Savannah, Ga.
    The soldier was found on the ground with parachute cords wrapped around his neck after a routine training jump in June, according to the Associated Press.

    "The death occurred Thursday at a training area on Fort Stewart, where Rangers from nearby Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah practice parachute jumps several times a year," the Associated Press notes.
    "He was a SOT-A Soldier doing exactly what SOT-A's do," his commander said, "fighting alongside his special forces teammates in the most difficult, dangerous places while carrying heavy loads of technical gear that saves lives of our forces and takes the lives of our enemies."


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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

    So young. A shame. God Bless this young man and his family.

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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

    Tragic accident.

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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

    Fully knowing the hazards of their chosen profession.
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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

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    Fully knowing the hazards of their chosen profession.
    Yeah....still blows when it happens. Just like losing a Brother in combat. We know what to expect, but it still hurts when it occurs.


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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

    "Coroner Buddy Bryan said the soldier was practicing diving with team members"

    What's diving? I must have missed that week.

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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

    A tragedy but as Ken says above, what is diving? When I first saw that, I thought...were they at a pool, cliff diving...what? I love the way news agencies write stuff up. Or is this something new they teach?
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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

    I bet the newspaper writer changed 'jumping' to 'diving'...close enough synonym, right?

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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

    If a .22 revolver is an "assault weapon" then I guess jumping is "diving".

    RIP young Airborne.

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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

    Look at the bottom of the article below the Related Stories links. It says "An earlier version of this artice incorrectly stated that the soldier was part of the First Allied Airborne Division". WTF?

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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

    Diving would be extremely poor form during an exit. Especially the swan dive.

    All jokes against the press aside, RIP Brother. Thanks for your time on the wall.
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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

    I don't know which is more disconcerning....the 19 y/o dying while diving with his team, or the Ranger being killed during a parachute drill! No one researches their stories any more. Reporters are morons!

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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

    A shame. So young.

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    Default Re: Airborne School death (Oct 1, 2013)

    I was explaining to my daughter the other day about running off parachutes because someone stole your air. Seems unreal when you do it but never thought about dying from it.
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