Navy SEAL Chief Special Warfare Operator Michael T. Ernst died following a mishap during military free-fall training in Arizona.
Ernst was participating in parachute training at an airfield in Marana when the incident occurred. He was taken to Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix but was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m. Ernst received numerous military awards and decorations throughout his career, including a Silver Star. The Navy is investigating the cause of the incident. This is the first parachuting mishap in nearly six years to claim the life of a Navy SEAL. Several other SEALs have died in similar incidents in recent years.