Last week, Commander Brian Bourgeois of Seal Team 8 died in a fast-rope training accident at a Virginia Beach base.

Bourgeois, 43, died on Tuesday, Dec. 12, after falling and suffering a severe injury while fast-roping down from a helicopter on Saturday. He is survived by his wife and five children.

According to Insider, SEALs will fast-rope to deploy if a helicopter cannot land. Soldiers then would slide down a thick, heavy rope one after the other.

A Navy official said it was unclear whether the rope detached from the aircraft.

“An incident like this weighs heavily on us all,” Captain Donald Wetherbee, commodore for Naval Special Warfare Group 2, said in a statement. “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.”

“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 Admiral H.W. Howard III, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, said. “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.”

Navy Times reported Bourgeois was promoted to commander in 2017 and joined SEAL Team 8 in November 2020. Over the past two decades serving in the naval special warfare community, he also earned a Bronze Star with valor. Members of the Armed Forces are awarded the Bronze Star for courageous or outstanding achievement or service in a combat zone.

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