Commander of Navy SEAL Team 8 dies in training accident


Cmdr. Brian Bourgeois, 43, died Tuesday at Norfolk Sentara Basic Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, the Navy introduced in a press release Wednesday.

The incident is below investigation, however in keeping with preliminary indications, the accident occurred throughout a fast-rope coaching train Saturday, in keeping with the Navy. The coaching includes troops working towards descending rapidly on a rope from, for instance, a helicopter.

“Our ideas and prayers are with the Bourgeois household — and we are going to guarantee our group stays in help of and in relationship with Brian’s household and his kids, for all times,” Rear Adm. H.W. Howard III, the commander of the Naval Particular Warfare Command, stated in a press release.

“Brian was one among our best leaders, who possessed all of the attributes that make our drive efficient. We are going to miss his charismatic management and devoted stewardship of our customary.  His legacy carries on in teammates he served with, led, and mentored.”

The findings of the investigation into the accident might be made accessible “on the applicable time,” the Navy stated.

Bourgeois acquired his fee from the US Naval Academy in Might 2001.

Over his greater than 20-year lengthy profession within the army, Bourgeois was awarded the Bronze Star, amongst different decorations and awards.

“Brian was as robust as they arrive, an excellent chief, and a dedicated father, husband and buddy. This is a good loss to everybody who knew him. He might be significantly missed,” stated Capt. Donald G. Wetherbee, commodore, Naval Particular Warfare Group 2.

Bourgeois is survived by his spouse and their 5 kids.