Fort Bragg officials ID Green Beret killed in training accident last week

By DREW BROOKS | The Fayetteville Observer | Published: December 17, 2012

Officials with Fort Bragg's Special Forces Command have identified the Green Beret killed in a training accident last week.

Sgt. 1st Class Bradley Keys, of Inman, S.C., died Thursday, Dec. 13, from injuries sustained during military free fall training in Eloy, Ariz.

Keys was assigned to Headquarters, Army Specal Forces Command, where he served as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant.

According to officials, Keys enlisted in 1998 and served on Fort Bragg.

After graduating the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2006, he served with the 10th Special FOrces Group at Fort Carson, Colo. for several years, deploying twice to Iraq.

Earlier this year, Keys was assigned to Special Forces Command headquarters at Fort Bragg, where he served in the operations and training section.

Keys is survived by his wife, son and parents.

Keys' military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals, two Valorous Unit Awards, four Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, three Non-Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, the Senior Parachutist Badge, Special Forces Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Military Free Fall Master Parachutist Badge and Marksman Qualification Badge - Expert with a Rifle.

Staff writer Drew Brooks can be reached at brooksd@fayobserver.com .


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