Former JBLM officer killed in training accident was using different parachute than normally used

The Associated PressSeptember 27, 2013 

— 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-McChord’s 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division on its 2009-10 tour in Iraq.

News Tribune staff writer Adam Ashton contributed to this report.

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