Time of Remembrance

Darren L. Wright

Age:

46

Hometown:

Mesquite, TX

Date of Death:

2013/02/18

Incident Location:

Fort Bragg, NC

Military Branch:

United States Army

Rank:

COL

Unit:

4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division

Unit Base:

Fort Hood, TX

COL Darren L. Wright was killed during a parachute training exercise at Fort Bragg, NC. Experienced jumpers and onlookers described Wright’s parachute malfunction as a cigarette roll, which requires the user to activate a reserve chute, the Fort Bragg Patch reported. The MC-6 tactical assault parachute was introduced to replace the MC-1 series. It was designed to turn almost twice as fast as its predecessor, which allows special operators to maneuver onto smaller drop zones.

Wright, who served three tours in Iraq, authored the book, “Iraq Full Circle,” which offers a personal, firsthand assessment of the war, according to an Amazon.com summary. Wright graduated from the University of North Texas in 1991 and was commissioned as an infantry officer through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
His previous assignments include 1st Corps, Fort Lewis, Wash.; 4th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.; 1st Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Polk, La.; 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
His awards include the Bronze Star Medal with V device, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star, the Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Ranger Tab, and Senior Parachutist Badge.