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Special Forces Soldier Dies During Training Exercise

A Fort Bragg soldier died Wednesday in a parachute accident during a training exercise at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport, authorities said.

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MAXTON — A Fort Bragg soldier died Wednesday in a parachute accident during a training exercise at the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport, authorities said.

The name of the soldier, a member of the Special Forces, wasn't released, pending notification of relatives.

The accident happened during HALO — high-altitude, low-opening — training. Soldiers learn in the exercises to jump from very high altitudes and wait until they are close to the ground to open their parachutes so that they can evade detection by enemies.

Special Forces officials said there are no plans to suspend future HALO jumps while the fatal incident is investigated.

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