SOFREP is deeply saddened by the news released this morning about the loss of Green Beret Warrant Officer John Wirka, who was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). WO1 Wirka died from a non-combat related incident on January 14, 2021.

The Commander of 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Col. John W. Sannes, released the following statement expressing his condolences with Service Members and Families of 7th SFG(A):

“On January 14, 2021, Warrant Officer John Wirka, from our 2nd Battalion, died from a non-combat related incident. With this tragic event, John leaves behind his spouse and one child. John served his nation honorably and was loved by many. We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our finest Soldiers. Our priority of effort now is to provide the best possible care to his family. Please keep his wife Erica, his child, his family, and his teammates in your thoughts and prayers while they grieve through this difficult time.”

Warrant Officer John Michael Wirka, Jr. was born in Tampa, FL, on October 2, 1984. He graduated from Lake Mary High School in 2003 and the Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008. WO1 Wirka enlisted in the United States Army on February 8, 2010. He attended Infantry One Station Unit Training and Airborne School in Fort Benning, GA, then went on to Special Forces Assessment and Selection and the Qualification Course in September 2010 in Fort Bragg, NC.