Following an accident during a free-fall parachute training exercise in Arizona, a US Navy SEAL perished.
Following the terrible training accident at an airstrip in Marana, Chief Special Warfare Operator Michael Ernst was transported to Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix where he was later declared deceased, according to a statement from the Naval Special Warfare Command to Fox News.
The Navy stated any additional comment on the tragedy would be “inappropriate” until a study was finished because the accident’s cause is still being investigated.
Navy Special Warfare Command’s commander, Rear Adm. Keith Davids, expressed his condolences to the Ernst family.
At the time of the incident, Ernst was assigned to a Naval Special Warfare East Coast unit.
Ernst enlisted in the Navy in August 2009, and three years later he joined the SEAL team.
Having participated in battle in three distinct theaters of war, Enrst received three Combat Action Ribbons, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Silver Star during his time in the service, the third highest medal for valor given to a member of the armed forces.
Mike was a fantastic colleague. He was a committed NSW Sailor who selflessly guided his troops while applying his abilities and skills to some of our country’s most difficult situations, according to Adm. Keith Davids.
Ernst is survived by his wife and their two young children, ages 2 and 5.