A U.S. sailor killed in a parachute training accident in El Centro was a bronze star-winning Navy SEAL with nearly 10 years under his belt in the special forces, the Naval Special Warfare command announced Tuesday.
Chief Special Warfare Operator Bradley Cavner, 31, died as a result of injuries he suffered in Monday's training exercise.
"The training SEALs go through is inherently high-risk," said Cmdr. Christian Dunbar, Naval Special Warfare Group One's chief staff officer. "Bradley was a warrior who selflessly answered his nation's call to defend freedom and protect us."
A Navy statement said Cavner joined the service in February 2003 and has served with West Coast-based SEAL units since August 2004.
Besides the bronze star, he was awarded medals for service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the global war on terrorism, and won various other commendations and ribbons. He is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
The Navy said an investigation into the accident is continuing.
—City News Service