Commander of Navy SEAL Team 8 dies in training accident

Cmdr. Brian Bourgeois, 43, died Tuesday at Norfolk Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, the Navy announced in a statement Wednesday.

The incident is under investigation, but according to initial indications, the accident occurred during a fast rope training exercise on Saturday, according to the Navy. The training consists of troops practicing rapidly descending with a rope from, for example, a helicopter.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Bourgeois family, and we will ensure that our community continues to support and relate to Brian’s family and his children for life,” said Rear Admiral HW Howard III, Naval Special Warfare Commander. Command said in a statement.

“Brian was one of our greatest leaders, possessing all the attributes that make our force effective. His charismatic leadership and faithful stewardship of our standard will be missed. His legacy continues in the teammates he served, led and was with. mentor”.

The results of the investigation into the accident will be available “at the appropriate time,” the Navy said.

Bourgeois received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 2001.

During his more than 20-year career in the military, Bourgeois was awarded the Bronze Star, among other decorations and awards.

“Brian was as tough as he sounds, an outstanding leader and a committed father, husband and friend. This is a great loss to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed,” said Captain Donald G. Wetherbee, Commodore. Naval Special Warfare Group 2.

Bourgeois is survived by his wife and five children.


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