Edwards Air Force Base, California, is mourning the loss of Staff Sgt. Adam Erickson, who was killed in a Sept. 10 training parachute accident, according to the 412th Test Wing.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss," Brig. Gen. E. John Teichert, commander, 412th Test Wing, said in a wing news release. "Adam touched many lives during his time here and our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends and coworkers."

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Editor’s note: The following thoughts are from a U.S. military veteran, a combat veteran of the war in Afghanistan, and a graduate of the military’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape program, who wrote this piece for Task & Purpose under the condition of anonymity.

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