By U.S. ArmySeptember 15, 2017
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Four personnel remain hospitalized Friday, Sept. 15, following a training incident on Fort Bragg that killed one Soldier and injured seven other personnel.
Staff Sgt. Alexander Dalida, 32, of Dunstable, Massachusetts, a student enrolled in the Special Forces Qualification Course at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, died as a result of his wounds.
Three personnel were treated and released on Sept. 14. Information on the four who are still hospitalized, including their conditions and nature of injuries, is protected by HIPPA and cannot be discussed. Names of Special Operations personnel will also not be released due to current policy. An observer from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives received minor injuries during the incident. He was listed among the injured. For information on the ATF observer please contact the Program Manager Public Affairs Division, ATF Headquarters, Washington D.C.
Training incidents of this scope and nature involving demolitions are rare. The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School has not had an incident involving demolitions resulting in injury in more than 20 years. This training is inherently dangerous. Cadre and staff do everything within their power to ensure that the training we conduct is safe, with the well-being of our students always as our top priority.
An investigation is ongoing. The SWCS Command is working in conjunction with the Army Safety Center on the formal accident investigation.