Soldier killed at Fort Bragg was training to be Green Beret

A sign at one of Fort Bragg's entrances

The Army Special Warfare school's commander says Dalida's death is a reminder that a soldier's job is inherently risky. "Staff Sgt. Dalida's death is a reminder that a soldier's job is inherently unsafe".

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has ordered that all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities be lowered to half-staff in tribute to a soldier killed at Fort Bragg on Thursday.

Army Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt said he doesn't know the extent of the injuries suffered by the soldiers Thursday.

Seven other soldiers were hurt in the exercise on a range at one of the Army's largest bases, officials said.

"Our primary focus right now is to care for his loved ones".

In a press release, Bragg Fort officials said the injured soldiers were transported by air and ground to multiple hospitals in the area.

Brian West, the president of West Auto Repair, said his wife put the sign up along with two American flags in memory of the young man from town whose life was cut short while serving his country.


Dalida, 32, was enrolled in an approximately yearlong course to become part of the U.S. Army Special Forces, also known as Green Berets. "We will honor Staff Sergeant Dalida and help his family in their time of need", said Colonel Michael Kornburger stationed in the military base.

According to a post on the US Army Special Operations Command's Facebook page, Dalida enlisted in the Army in September 2006 and attended basic training at Fort Jackson in SC and continued on to advanced individual training at Fort Eustis. Following Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia, he served the remainder of his time assigned to aviation units, prior to attending Special Forces Assessment and Selection.

The incidents come just one day after 14 Marines and a sailor were injured in a sudden fire during training at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Devoy, a medic, was among soldiers from the 1st Infantry conducting training with an HH-60M Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopter.

An accident investigative team from Fort Rucker is headed to Fort Bragg to look into the incident. They were all taken to the Womack Army Medical Center on base for treatment. The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on the Fort Hood range south of the airfield.

Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, the commander of the military school, described the special operations community as "a close-knit family" in a statement.

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