FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Fort Bragg officials say an officer who died this week during training was using a parachute that is not routinely used by his unit.
Col. Darron L. Wright died during a training jump Monday. The Army is investigating his death.
A spokesman for the fort, Col. Kevin Arata, says Wright was using a more maneuverable parachute than the standard parachute that the unit usually uses. Paratroopers using the maneuverable MC-6 have special training.
"You can turn that thing on a dime," Arata told The Fayetteville Observer.
While the investigation continues, the XVIII Airborne Corps has suspended use of the MC-6.
In recent years, Wright, 46, wrote a war memoir called Iraq Full Circle and held several prominent positions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He was the deputy commander of Lewis-McChords 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division on its 2009-10 tour in Iraq.
News Tribune staff writer Adam Ashton contributed to this report.