29-year-old Navy service member assigned to San Diego Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit dies in unexplained ‘training accident’ at Marine Corps Base Hawaii
- A Navy service member died during a training event at a Marine Corps base in Hawaii in what the Navy calls a ‘training accident’
- Lt. Junior Grade Aaron Fowler, 29, was pronounced dead after becoming unresponsive while training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanehoe Bay
- Fowler had been assigned to an explosive ordnance disposal unit based in San Diego
- More details about his death have yet to emerge.
A 29-year-old Navy explosives expert died while training at a Marine Corps base in Hawaii in what military bosses called a “training accident”.
Lt. Junior Grade Aaron Fowler, 29, who had been assigned to a San Diego-based explosive ordnance disposal unit, was pronounced dead after becoming unresponsive during training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanehoe Bay, according to a statement from the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. Public affairs.
Further details on exactly how he ended up not responding have yet to be revealed.
“Our deepest condolences go out to Aaron’s family and friends, and we join them in remembering and mourning this brave warrior,” said Rear Admiral Joseph Diguardo Jr., commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, in the press release.
“His decision to join this elite special operations community is a testament to the dedicated and selfless character he embodied and his legacy will live on in our ranks through those he inspired through his service.”
Pictured: Junior Grade Lt. Aaron Fowler, 29, who was pronounced dead after becoming unresponsive while training at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanehoe Bay
An aerial view of Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, where Fowler died while training
Fowler joined the Navy in 2012 and became an officer after graduating from the Naval Academy in May 2018.
He reported to the Navy’s Mobile Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit in January 2022.
It’s still unclear what Fowler was doing when he became unresponsive during the practice event, but there’s no evidence of foul play.
However, Fowler’s navy unit “risks exploding to allow access to off-limits areas” and secures “the underwater realm for freedom of maneuver, by building and fostering relationships with capable partners and protecting” the United States, according to the press release.
An inquest into Fowler’s death is ongoing.
In February, a New Jersey man and Navy SEAL candidate died at the end of “Hell Week,” a rigorous drill involving 20 hours a day of physical training.
Derek Lovelace, 21 (right) died in 2016 during SEAL training after losing consciousness during pool exercise and drowning. Commander Brian Bourgeois, 43 (left), died after rapidly descending from a helicopter. He died a few days later from his injuries.
Kyle Mullen, a 24-year-old man from Manalapan, New Jersey, was taken to Sharp Coronado Hospital in Coronado, Calif., after exhibiting “symptoms” after completing the brutal workout. His cause of death has not been revealed.
Mullen was not actively training at the time of his death, according to a Navy spokesman. The cause of his death is currently unknown and an investigation is ongoing.
“We express our deepest condolences to Seaman Mullen’s family for their loss,” Rear Admiral HW Howard III, commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, said at the time.
“We are giving whatever support we can to the Mullen family and Kyle’s BUD/S classmates.”
The last known major case was Derek Lovelace in 2016, who drowned while exercising in the pool. He had difficulty walking on water at full speed and was reportedly pushed underwater at least twice. He lost consciousness and died.