Aberdeen Proving Ground officials have received a preliminary briefing on the investigation into the first of three diver deaths at the post's Super Pond test facility in the last two months.
A final report on the death of George Lazzaro, 41, should be available to APG within 120 days, Mike Negard, public affairs officer for the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center, said Thursday.
The center, based at Fort Rucker, Ala., is the agency responsible for investigating accidental personnel deaths and major property damage, Negard said. It has been handling the investigation into Mr. Lazzaro's death.
Because the information provided APG officials is preliminary, nothing can be released to the public at this time, Negard said.
"The final report will be routed back to the [APG] unit within the next 120 days for their review and endorsement, and returned to us at the USACRC," Negard said.
Cmdr. Michael Runkle, commanding officer, MDSU 2, spoke of the challenges Navy divers face and offered words of comfort to the crowd of more than 400 service members, civilians, families and friends, according to a news release from MDSU 2.
"We come together to honor ND1 James Reyher and ND2 Ryan Harris, two extraordinary men who made the ultimate sacrifice serving as Navy divers," Runkle said. "These heroes and those like them understand and accepted dangers, not for fame or fortune, but for their friends, for their families and for their country."