Special Forces Staff Sgt. Paul Lincoln Olmstead died while undergoing training for the 5th Special Forces Maritime Assessment Course (MAC) which prepares Green Berets for the Combat Diver Qualification Course (CDQC). According to the Army report, SSGT Olmstead submerged during a surface swim at the Joe Swing Reservoir at Fort Campbell Kentucky on September 21.  SSgt Olmstead was conducting a surface swim when he apparently submerged and did not resurface.  Divers found and recovered his body the next day.

Olmstead joined the Utah National Guard in February 2016 and had been a Special Forces Engineer since 2019. Olmstead was assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group.

Speaking of the death of SSgt. Olmstead, Maj. Gen. Michael Turley, adjutant general of the Utah National Guard said, “While training accidents like this are rare, it is a reminder of the enormous sacrifices made by our service members and their families every day.”

Olmstead was just 29. He left behind a wife and two young children.