SFC Carlo J. Meth - Special Forces Soldier dies in training



U.S. Army Special Forces Command Public Affairs Office

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Jan. 16, 2008) — A Fort Bragg Special Forces Soldier died Jan. 16 after a parachute accident during high altitude-low opening (HALO) training at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport.

The name of the Soldier is being withheld pending next-of-kin notification.

The accident is currently under investigation.
RIP. My thoughts and prayers out to the man's team mates, his family and friends at home.

The high speed end of the military is a hazardous business; and I always try to remember that there are men who take great risks every day in training.
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Soldier dies in HALO jump

By Kevin Maurer
Staff writer

A Fort Bragg Special Forces soldier died Wednesday in a parachute accident during training at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport.

The soldier was in the 7th Special Forces Group, special operations officials said. The soldier’s name was withheld pending notification of his family.

The accident happened around noon, according to the receptionist at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport. She declined to give her name.

Soldiers routinely train at the airport out of a building leased to the U.S. Army Parachute Team — the Golden Knights. She said emergency vehicles had surrounded the Golden Knights’ building at the airport shortly after noon.

Mike Edge, assistant director of Scotland County Emergency Services, said he didn’t have any details about the accident.

“They called 911 and said they had a parachutist that fell to the ground,” Edge said.

The circumstances of the accident were not released by the military. Special operations officials said the cause is under investigation.

The accident happened during HALO — high-altitude, low-opening — training. In HALO training, soldiers learn to jump from tens of thousands of feet and wait until they are close to the ground to open their parachutes. It’s a process that can be used to slip soldiers into enemy territory secretly.

HALO jumps differ from the parachuting done by 82nd Airborne Division soldiers. They jump much closer to the ground, and their chutes are attached to static lines that pull them open when the exit the plane.