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Naval Special Warfare is committed to supporting the Bourgeois family and the sailors who lost a teammate during this difficult time.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bourgeois family – and we will ensure that our community sustains and nurtures a relationship with Brian’s family and his children, for life,” said Rear Admiral HW Howard III, Commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command. “Brian was one of our best leaders, who had all the attributes that make our force effective. His charismatic leadership and steadfast management of our standard will be missed. His legacy continues with his teammates with whom he served, led and mentored. ”

The executive officer of the SEAL 8 team has temporarily taken command.

Details of the tragic accident are currently being investigated and the findings will be made available in due course. Early indications show that the tragedy occurred during a rapid tug-of-war evolution.

“We are working with SEAL Team 8 to provide all possible forms of support for Brian’s family and teammates,” said Captain Donald G. Wetherbee, Commodore, Naval Special Warfare Group 2. “An incident like this weighs heavily on us. heavy on all of us. Brian was as tough as them, an exceptional leader and a devoted father, husband and friend. It is a great loss to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed. “

Bourgeois received his commission from the United States Naval Academy in May 2001 and has humbly served the navy and naval special warfare community for over 20 years.

Media inquiries can be directed to the Naval Special Warfare Command Media Officer at, 619-537-1351.

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