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Navy Releases Name Of SEAL Killed In El Centro Parachuting Accident

Photo credit: U.S. Navy

Chief Special Warfare Operator Bradley Cavner is shown in this photo provided by the U.S. Navy. Cavner, 31, died in a training accident on June 23, 2014, in El Centro.

The Navy SEAL killed in a parachute training accident in El Centro had been awarded a Bronze Star and had served in the special forces for nearly 10 years, the Naval Special Warfare command announced Tuesday.

Chief Special Warfare Operator Bradley Cavner, 31, died from injuries suffered in Monday's training exercise.

"The training SEALs go through is inherently high-risk," said Cmdr. Christian Dunbar, Naval Special Warfare Group One's chief staff officer. "Bradley was a warrior who selflessly answered his nation's call to defendfreedom and protect us."

A Navy statement said Cavner joined the service in February 2003 and has served with Coronado-based SEAL units since August 2004.

Besides the bronze star, he was awarded medals for service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the global war on terrorism, and won various other commendations and ribbons.

Cavner is survived by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

The Navy said an investigation into the accident is continuing.

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