Two MARSOC Marines Injured, One Killed in Training Accident
Camp Pendleton, CA – Two MARSOC Marines were injured, and one died on Sunday from injuries sustained in a training accident on Saturday. The Marine Corps identified the deceased victim as SSgt Joshua Braica, a Critical Skills Operator from Sacramento.
The incident involved a Polaris MRZR vehicle that rolled over. The Polaris is designed to be lightweight and carry both Marines and their gear. The incident is under investigation.
Staff Sergeant Joshua Braica enlisted in the Corps in 2010 and was assigned to the 1st Raider Battalion, 4th Marines, Marine Aircraft Group 36 as an intelligence specialist. He deployed twice during his eight years in the Marines and became a Raider in 2015. Braica had a wife and son.
His first deployment was with the 13th MEU in 2011. Later he deployed with the 1st Marine Battalion from July 2017 to January 2018.
The Marine Corps Times reported:
His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award; two Good Conduct Medals; the National Defense Service Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and three Sea Service Deployment Ribbons.
Braica was a graduate of some of the military’s most prominent schools to include: Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center, Marksmanship Instructor Course, MARSOC’s Individual Training Course, MARSOC’s Basic Language Course, the MARSOF [Marine Special Operations Forces] Technical Surveillance Course, the MARSOF Network Operators Course, the Basic Airborne Course and Military Freefall School.
R.I.P. Staff Sergeant