US Army Special Forces soldiers died earlier this week while training at the Special Forces Underwater Operations School in Key West.
Staff Sergeant Mika E. Walker, 31, from Peyton, Colorado, died on Tuesday. He has been assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne Forces) in Fort Carson, Colorado since March 2021.
The U.S. Army Combat Response Center in Fort Rucker, Alabama, said it would lead the investigation and initially called the death at the Keywest Naval Air Base a “drowning accident.”
However, the cause is still under investigation, a spokesman for 1st Special Forces Command said Thursday night.
“The cause of death is unknown at this time,” said Major Dan Lessard. “There are signs that it could have been something like cardiac arrest or other problems. They initially called it drowning, but that’s a kind of speculation.”
Walker, a student of the Special Forces Combat Diver Qualification Course, was in the pool and participated in a conditioning exercise that emphasized the student’s cardiopulmonary, respiratory, and muscular endurance when “submerged and did not resurface.” rice field. John F. Kennedy Special Forces Center and School.
He was taken to the Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West, where he was sentenced to death.
“The Combat Diver Qualification Course is one of the most physically demanding courses in the Army,” the school said. “In accordance with Army policy, we hope that this accident will be investigated to determine the cause of death and prevent future accidents.”
Walker was a medical sergeant who joined the green beret earlier this year. The Star-Spangled Banner was reported..
He left behind his wife and three children.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children, his parents and his teammates,” said Colonel Lucas Van Antwerp, commander of the 10th Special Forces Group. “Mika was an extraordinary special forces operator, a loving husband and father. We are saddened by our family and ready to honor Mika’s service and his legacy.”
Walker enlisted in the Army in April 2017, conducting enlistment training and airborne schools in Fort Benning, Georgia. He completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in January 2021 as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant.
His awards and decorations include the Army Merit Medal, the Army Good Conduct Strip, the National Defense Service Medal, the Military Ribbon, the Special Forces Tab, and the Army Basic Airborne Insignia.