Fort Bragg, North Carolina — The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) has confirmed through a press release that only one Green Beret trainee that was attending the 18-C Special Forces ‘Green Beret’ Engineer Sergeant military occupation specialty (MOS) qualification course, or the “Q-course pipeline, ” has died as a result of a training accident while conducting a home-made explosive (HME) familiarization training event at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
USASOC also released the name of the Green Beret trainee in its press release on Facebook:
FORT BRAGG, N.C. – Staff Sgt. Alexander P. Dalida, 32, of Dunstable, Massachusetts, a Soldier enrolled in the Special Forces Qualification Course at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, died Sept. 14, during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The cause of death is under investigation.
Dalida was a student in the Special Forces Engineer Course, which is the military occupational specialty phase of the Special Forces Qualification Course. He was assigned to 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
“Our primary focus right now is to care for his loved ones. We will honor Staff Sgt. Dalida and help his family in their time of need,” said Col. Michael Kornburger, commander, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
“The special operations community is a close-knit family. At the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, we consider every student who enters our institution a part of our SWCS family. Staff Sgt. Dalida’s death is a reminder that a Soldier’s job is inherently dangerous. Our thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sgt. Dalida’s family and friends,” said Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, commander of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
Dalida enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 2006, and was assigned to Co. C, 2nd Bn., 60th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he attended basic training. Following Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, he served the remainder of his time assigned to Aviation units, prior to attending Special Forces Assessment and Selection.
His military education includes Combatives, Level 1, Enlisted Combat Skills, MH-60 Maintainer, MH-60 Nonrated Crew Member, Basic Leader Course, Air Movement Operations, SOC Equipment Preparation, Airborne training, Advanced Leaders Course, Air Assault and SERE School.
His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak-leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with oak-leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct medal (third award), the Combat Action Badge, Aviation Badge, Parachutist’s Badge and Air Assault Badge.”
Initial reporting that was acquired by SOFREP through various sources within the U.S. Army Special Forces community that four Green Beret trainees had perished in todays tragic training accident have being proven false and although the passing of Staff Sgt. Dalida is a tragic loss, the the Green Beret community along with SOFREP are grateful that this accident was not as worse as initially reported.
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 seriously injured soldiers were evacuated via helicopter to Womack U.S. Army Hospital on Fort Bragg with one being 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.
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Feature image courtesy of: USASOC