FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Staff Sgt. Alexander P. Dalida, 32, of Dunstable, Massachusetts, a Soldier enrolled in the Special Forces Qualification Course at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, died Sept. 14, during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The cause of death is under investigation.
Dalida was a student in the Special Forces Engineer Course, which is the military occupational specialty phase of the Special Forces Qualification Course. He was assigned to 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
"Our primary focus right now is to care for his loved ones. We will honor Staff Sgt. Dalida and help his family in their time of need," said Col. Michael Kornburger, commander, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
"The special operations community is a close-knit family. At the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, we consider every student who enters our institution a part of our SWCS family. Staff Sgt. Dalida's death is a reminder that a Soldier's job is inherently dangerous. Our thoughts and prayers are with Staff Sgt. Dalida's family and friends," said Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, commander of the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.
Dalida enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 2006, and was assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he attended basic training. Following Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia, he served the remainder of his time assigned to aviation units, prior to attending Special Forces Assessment and Selection.
His military education includes Combatives, Level 1, Enlisted Combat Skills, MH-60 Maintainer, MH-60 Nonrated Crew Member, Basic Leader Course, Air Movement Operations, SOC Equipment Preparation, Airborne training, Advanced Leaders Course, Air Assault and SERE School.
His awards and decorations include the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with one oak-leaf cluster, Army Achievement Medal with oak-leaf cluster, Army Good Conduct Medal (third award), the Combat Action Badge, Aviation Badge, Parachutist's Badge and Air Assault Badge.