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Special Forces soldier from Peyton dies

 

Last updated 8/4/2021 at 10:02am | View PDF

Courtesy of U.S. Army

SSgt. Micah Walker

A Soldier assigned to 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson died during training at the Special Forces Underwater Operations School at Key West, Florida, on July 27.

Staff Sgt. Micah E. Walker, of Peyton, Colo., was a student in the Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course, and was participating in a conditioning exercise in the pool, which stresses the students' cardio, respiratory and muscular endurance.

During the training event, Walker reportedly submerged and did not resurface. The cadre immediately entered the pool and found him unresponsive. The Dive Medical Officer attempted to resuscitate him, and he was transported to the Lower Keys Medical Center Emergency Room where he was pronounced dead following full medical intervention.

The Combat Diver Qualification Course is one of the most physically demanding courses within the Army. Stringent safety protocols are in place throughout the training to safeguard both students and cadre. The Army said this accident will be investigated to determine cause of death and in hopes of preventing future accidents.

Walker is survived by his wife and three children.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children, his parents, and his teammates," said Col. Lucas VanAntwerp, commander, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). "Micah was an exceptional Special Forces Operator, a loving husband, and father. We grieve with the family and stand ready to honor Micah's service and his legacy."

The Soldier's family is being cared for by members of the 10th SFG(A) in this difficult time. The U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School has arranged for support counselors at the Dive School to meet the needs of the remaining students and cadre.

Walker joined the Army in April 2017. Following initial entry training and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Ga., he completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in January 2021 as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson this March.

Walker's military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Basic Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Special Forces Qualification Course, and the Special Operations Combat Medic Course. His awards and decorations include the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Special Forces Tab, and the Army Basic Parachutist Badge.

 

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