NCO Green Beret dies during physical training at Fort Bragg

A special forces soldier died Wednesday after a “sudden and unexpected medical event” during physical training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 1st Special Forces Command said in a statement Friday morning.

sergeant. 1st Class Calvin T. Rockward, 38, was taking the Special Forces Warrant Officer Technical and Tactical Certification Course at the time of his death.

Authorities did not specify the cause of the medical incident.

There have been two other training deaths involving Green Berets in recent months. One soldier died in July during the Army Combat Diver course at Naval Air Station Key West, Fla., and another died in September during water training at Fort Campbell, Florida. Kentucky.

At the time of his death, Rockward was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa, Japan. He was originally from Jacksonville, Florida, and enlisted in the military in December 2004 as a special forces candidate under the 18X program.

Rockward completed One Station Infantry Unit Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, before attending the Special Forces Qualification Course at Fort Bragg. He first served as a communications sergeant and later became an intelligence sergeant.

Rockward served in Iraq and Afghanistan during his military career.

“Sergeant. 1st Class Rockward was a warrior,” 1st Group commander Col. Ryan Ehrler said in a prepared statement.

“An accomplished, respected, and loved Special Forces soldier and teammate, Cal was also generous and cared deeply about his family,” Ehrler added. “He always put a smile on the face of everyone he met. We collectively mourn the loss of our brother and honor his service to the nation, and our deepest condolences go out to Sgt. 1st Class Rockward’s family .

Rockward is survived by his wife and daughter.

Rockward Military Education includes Special Forces Qualification Course, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant Course, Special Forces Jumpmaster Course, Combat Special Ops Program , the Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis Exploitation Course and several other operator-maintainer courses, the Army said.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Medal of Honor, Army Medal of Honor, Joint Service Medal, Army, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and Korean Defense Service Medal. .

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the duty station Rockward was assigned to as a member of the 1st group. The article has been updated.

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