We lost a fine soldier last Thursday.
PFC Christopher P. Dona, 1st Bn, 75th Ranger Regiment, was killed Thursday. He died in a training parachute jump.
In one of life’s cruel ironies, PFC Dona had returned from his first combat deployment to Afghanistan last month.
The incident is under investigation. Initial reports were that PFC Dona’s parachute appeared to work normally during the jump. However, he was also reportedly dragged for a considerable distance (approx 100m) on the ground post-landing, and was also reportedly found entangled in his chute’s
static suspension lines and straps from a “harness” used during the jump.
Military training is often high-risk, with little margin between safety and injury. This is another reminder that when things go wrong, even routine training can be deadly.
RIP, my brother-in-arms. May God comfort your surviving family and friends.