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Navy identifies SEAL killed in parachute mishap

Jun. 25, 2014 - 08:06PM   |  
Bradley S. Cavner
Authorities say 31-year-old Bradley S. Cavner, of Coronado, Calif., died Monday from a parachute jump accident in the Southern California desert. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Cavner enlisted in 2003 and served in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He held a Bronze Star Medal with Combat 'V.' Cavner is survived by his parents, a sister and two brothers. (Navy via AP)
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Officials identified the SEAL killed in a Monday parachute accident as Chief Special Operator (SEAL) Bradley Cavner, a decorated combat veteran, Naval Special Warfare Group 1 said late Tuesday.

Cavner, 31, died from his injuries during jump training in El Centro, California, the release said. NSWG-1 is based in Coronado, California.

“The training SEALs go through is inherently high-risk,” said Cmdr. Christian A. Dunbar, NSWG-1’s chief staff officer, in the release. “Bradley was a warrior who selflessly answered his nation’s call to defend freedom and protect us.”

An investigation into the cause of the accident is underway. Cavner, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, was unmarried with no children, according to the release.

Cavner enlisted in 2003 and served with West Coast-based special warfare units following his graduation from Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in July 2004, the release said.

His awards include the Bronze Star with Valor, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.

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