05 Aug '18, 6pm

Army Delta Force sergeant major dies during free-fall parachute training

A highly decorated special operations soldier has died from wounds received during military free-fall training , U.S. Army Special Operations Command confirmed Friday. Sgt. Maj. Christopher Nelms died July 1 while training in Laurinburg, North Carolina, Lt. Col. Robert Bockholt, a spokesman for USASOC, said in a statement to Army Times. Nelms' death, which the Army did not announce, was first reported by Yahoo News . Nelms, who Yahoo News identified as a member of the Army’s elite and secretive Delta Force, died when his parachute failed to fully open during a June 27 jump, the outlet reported . Bockholt told Army Times the incident is under investigation. He declined to provide any more information. Nelms, 46, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, joined the Army in 1990 as an infantryman. He served with 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment at what’s now Joint Base Lewis-McChord in...

Full article: https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/08/03/army-...

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