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Decorated Navy SEAL dies in California parachute training accident

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A decorated U.S. Navy SEAL has died after a parachute training accident in Southern California.

A Navy spokesman says Chief Special Warfare Operator Bradley Cavner died from the injuries he suffered while taking part in parachute jump training operations Monday in El Centro -- the site of a Naval air facility, about 100 miles east of San Diego.

"The training SEALs go through is inherently high-risk," Cmdr. Christian Dunbar, Naval Special Warfare Group One's chief staff officer," said in statement.

“Bradley was a warrior who selflessly answered his nation's call to defend freedom and protect us," Dunbar said.

The 31-year-old Cavner, of Coronado, Calif., joined the Navy in February of 2003, then completed underwater demolition training and SEAL qualification training.

The Navy says he had served as a member of its elite special forces unit since August of 2004.

Cavner had served tours of duty in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and was awarded a long list of awards and decorations, including a Bronze Star with a Combat “V” and a Commendation Medal with a Combat “V” -- both designations for heroism in combat.

He had also been awarded an Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon , Navy/Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.

The Navy is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident that led to his death.

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

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