US Army Soldier Dies during Spec Ops Training Exercise at Fort Bragg
Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida was killed during a Special Ops Training Exercise on Thursday. Seven others were injured during the demolition training at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in Fort Bragg.
Dalida, 32, was set to conclude his Green Beret training this week. He had been enrolled in the Special Forces Engineer Course, and assigned to 1st Special Warfare Training Group, according to the Military Times.
As the Green Berets were conducting a demolition exercise, one of the explosives detonated, sending seven members to the hospital and killing Staff Sergeant Dalida.
“Alexander was serving his country proudly for the best of reasons. He was the happiest he’d ever been. Serving his country courageously is my son’s legacy.” Paul Dalida, Alexander’s father
He was from Dunstable, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Army in 2006, and served in aviation units before joining Special Forces Assessment and Selection.
He was assigned to Co. C, 2nd Bn., 60th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he attended basic training; his Advanced Individual Training was at Fort Eustis.
Spec Ops training has never been for the faint of heart.
His military education included 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 are the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Combat Action Badge, the Aviation Badge, the Parachutist’s Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.
“Our 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.” Colonel Michael Kornburger, Commander, 1st Special Warfare Training Group.
Army’s Special Operations Command has approximately 23,000 soldiers. Their Commander stated that every student involved in SWCS is a part of the”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.” Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, the SWCS commander
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