SEAL Team 1 commander was found dead in his San Diego residence. He is the second commander of a SEAL squad to pass away in the previous year or so.
SEAL Team 1’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Robert Ramirez III, was discovered dead in his San Diego County home on Monday.
Officials from the Naval Special Warfare Command announced in a statement on Wednesday that there is no indication that the decorated officer’s death was the result of wrongdoings.
According to Navy officials, the investigation by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department is still underway.
“Bobby was an outstanding leader, devoted husband and father, and a good friend to us all,” Capt. David Abernathy, commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Group 1, which manages all San Diego-based SEAL teams, said in a statement. “This is a devastating loss to our community and all who knew him. We will remain in support of Bobby’s family, friends and teammates during this extremely difficult time.”
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In 1996 Ramirez enlisted, and in 2004 he received a commission.
According to his releaseable service record and command officials, he assumed command of SEAL Team 1 last month and joined the outfit in June.
Five Bronze Star Medals, including two with the Combat “V” device signifying valor and heroic deeds, are among the honors and decorations he has accumulated over over 27 years of service.
Ramirez has numerous more awards, including three Combat Action ribbons and medals during the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.
He is the second commander of a SEAL squad to pass away in the previous year or so.
SEAL Team 8 commander Cmdr. Brian Bourgeois passed away on December 4, 2021, after collapsing in Virginia during a helicopter rope training exercise.
Although the Army has not yet made public the findings of its investigation into Bourgeois’ death, officials told Navy Times in October that a number of factors contributed to the officer’s demise, including poor communication between both the aircrew and a partner ground force and problems with the Army helicopter from which Bourgeois was rappelling.