David J. Whitcher, a member of the 7th Special Forces Group died during a training accident at the Special Forces Combat Dive School at Key West, Florida on November 2, 2016.
“Staff Sgt. David J. Whitcher, 30, of Bradford, New Hampshire, died November 2, 2016 during a dive training exercise off the coast of Key West, Florida. The cause of death is under investigation.Whitcher was a student in the Combat Diver Qualification Course (CDQC) assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School. Prior to his attendance at CDQC, Whitcher was assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group as a Special Forces engineer sergeant.”
David Whitcher started his career with the military in the National Guard in 2008 where he was a masonry and carpentry specialist. While with the Guard he participated in two deployments to Afghanistan. Whitcher joined the active military in 2013 and volunteered for Special Forces training – graduating from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2016.
Source: “Special Forces Soldier dies during training”, United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) Public Affairs Office, November 4, 2016.
“For Staff Sgt. David Whitcher of Bradford, full military honors at his funeral painted a clear picture”, Concord Monitor, November 16, 2016.