Fort Bragg, North Carolina — Military spokespersons on Fort Bragg confirmed that early this morning there was an explosion that injured upwards of 15 soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC). SOFREP spoke with the USASOC public affairs office who would only confirm that there was a training accident and that the incident is still under investigation.
However, unconfirmed reports coming out of the U.S. Army Special Forces community are indicating that the soldiers were assigned to the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School who are currently in the 18-C Special Forces ‘Green Beret’ Engineer Sergeant military occupation specialty (MOS) qualification course, or the “Q-course pipeline, ” and were conducting a home-made explosive (HME) familiarization training event.
The 18-C, or “Charlie’s” colloquially known within the U.S. Army Green Berets, are trained as specialists across a wide range of disciplines, from demolitions and constructions of field fortifications to topographic survey techniques.
Several sources close to the 18-C training group known as the “Charlie committee” informed SOFREP that eight soldiers were evacuated via helicopter to Womack U.S. Army Hospital on Fort Bragg where unconfirmed reports are saying that two soldiers are feared dead. The remaining seven were evacuated to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Among the injuries, there are reports of at least one double amputee cobbled with multiple severe blast injuries. This training accident and information flowing from it are fluid at present as the incident occurred no less than two hours prior to this report. This tragic event is shaping up to be one of the worst for the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School and USASOC in recent years.
SOFREP is tracking this horrible event and will update as information comes in.
Feature image courtesy of: USASOC