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PICTURED: The commander of Seal Team 8 killed in training accident at Virginia Beach

PICTURED: The hero commander of Seal Team 8 killed in training accident at Virginia Beach after falling from helicopter and suffering fatal injury during ‘fast rope’ training exercise: Victim was married dad of five

  • Navy officials confirmed that 43-year-old Cmdr. Brian Michael Bourgeois died on Tuesday after falling and suffering a fatal injury during fast-rope training
  • Bourgeoi succumbed to his injuries at Norfolk Sentara General Hospital three days after his accident at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach
  • A Navy spokeswoman said there is an ongoing command and safety investigation and findings will be made public ‘at the appropriate time,’ 
  • According to a GoFundMe set up in the commander’s honor that has raised nearly $6,000 Bourgeois leaves behind a wife and five children
  • Bourgeois made commander in 2017 and joined SEAL Team 8 in November 2020


The Navy Seal killed during a fast-rope training accident at a Virginia Beach base last week has been identified as the commanding officer of Seal Team 8.

Navy officials confirmed that 43-year-old Cmdr. Brian Michael Bourgeois died on Tuesday after falling and suffering a fatal injury during a fast-rope training event from a helicopter on Saturday.  Bourgeois was a married father of five. 

Bourgeois, who was assigned to the Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, succumbed to his injuries at Norfolk Sentara General Hospital three days after his accident, Navytimes.com reported.  

Navy officials confirmed that 43-year-old Cmdr. Brian Micheal Bourgeois died on Tuesday after falling and suffering a fatal injury during fast-rope training

43-year-old Cmdr. Brian Michael Bourgeois( pictured with his wife) died on Tuesday following a training accident

43-year-old Cmdr. Brian Michael Bourgeois( pictured with his wife) died on Tuesday following a training accident 

43-year-old Navy Seal Team 8 commander Brian Bourgeois (pictured) leaves behind a wife and five children

43-year-old Navy Seal Team 8 commander Brian Bourgeois (pictured) leaves behind a wife and five children

A Navy spokeswoman said there is an ongoing command and safety investigation into the tragic accident and findings will be made public 'at the appropriate time,'

A Navy spokeswoman said there is an ongoing command and safety investigation into the tragic accident and findings will be made public ‘at the appropriate time,’

Naval Special Warfare Command spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Kara Handley said in a statement that there is currently an ongoing command and safety investigation into the incident, and findings will be made public ‘at the appropriate time,’ the New York Post reported.  

Navy officials said that SEAL Team 8′s executive officer, who remains unidentified for security reasons, has temporarily assumed command of the unit. 

‘An incident like this weighs heavily on us all,’ Capt. Donald Wetherbee, commodore for Naval Special Warfare Group 2, said in a statement. ‘Brian was as tough as they come, an outstanding leader and a committed father, husband and friend. This is a great loss to everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed.’ 

According to a GoFundMe set up in the commander’s honor that has raised nearly $6,000 of it’s $10,000 goal, Bourgeois leaves behind a wife and five children.

Bourgeois' (pictured) wife and five children were by his side when he passed, Navy officials said

Bourgeois’ (pictured) wife and five children were by his side when he passed, Navy officials said

Rear Adm. H.W. Howard, the commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Command, said that his wife and family were with Bourgeois when he passed. 

‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bourgeois family — and we will ensure our community remains in support of and in relationship with Brian’s family and his five children, for life,’ Howard said in a statement.  

‘Brian was one of our very best leaders, who possessed all the attributes to make our force effective,’ Howard said. We will miss his charismatic leadership and faithful stewardship of our standard. His legacy carries on in teammates he served with, led and mentored.’

Bourgeois made commander in 2017 and joined SEAL Team 8 in November 2020, Navy Times reported. 

The 43-year-old served in the naval special warfare community for more than two decades and in his career earned a Bronze Star with Combat ‘V’ device and the combat action ribbon, Navy Times reported.  

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