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WASHINGTON D.C.: The commander of the US Navy’s SEAL Team 8 has died from injuries during what has been described as a training accident in Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to the U.S. Navy.

Commander Brian Bourgeois, 43, died at Norfolk Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, the Navy announced.

Special Warfare Unit SEAL Team 8 is part of Naval Special Warfare Group 2, which deploys Naval Special Warfare forces worldwide to meet training, exercise, contingency, and wartime requirements.

Though the Navy is investigating the accident, officials reported that Bourgeois was injured during a fast-rope training exercise. This type of training involves, for instance, troops descending on a rope from a helicopter.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bourgeois family — and we will ensure our community remains in support of ,and in relationship with, Brian’s family and his children, for life,” Rear Adm. H.W. Howard III, the commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command, said in a statement.

“Brian was one of our very best leaders, who possessed all the attributes that make our force effective. We will miss his charismatic leadership and faithful stewardship of our standard. His legacy carries on in teammates he served with, led, and mentored.”

Bourgeois was a 2001 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
During his career, Bourgeois was awarded the Bronze Star, among other decorations and awards.

“Brian was as tough as they come, an outstanding leader, and a committed father, husband and friend. This is a great loss to everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed,” said Capt. Donald G. Wetherbee, commodore, Naval Special Warfare Group 2.

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