Tragedy has once again struck amid our troops.
Commander Robert "Bobby" Ramirez was found dead in his home this week.
He was only 47 years old.
Ramirez was a legend on the field of battle, with decorations that include five Bronze Star Medals, two with the Combat 'V' device denoting valor and acts of heroism.
When reports of his death first surfaced, the cause of death was unknown.
Then authorities announced that Ramirez had taken his own life, which is utterly heartbreaking.
Capt. David Abernathy, commanding officer of Naval Special Warfare Group 1, stated, "Bobby was an outstanding leader, devoted husband and father, and a good friend to us all.
"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."
Obi Ugochukwu, a Navy medic, stated, "This is just a devastating loss. The pain of this loss cuts really deep.
"Many of us were at Bobby's Change of Command Ceremony and it was such a joyous occasion. I can't understand this and I am just praying for Anne, the children and the rest of the family."
Ramirez has been in the Navy since 1996 and took command of SEAL Team 1 last month.
His career path, by all accounts, was a shooting star, which makes it even more baffling that he took his own life.
This is a loss that hits the entire community hard, as people start to wonder what could have taken him to that dark place where he felt he had no other option but to take his own life.
Just more proof that we need to do more for our active troops and veterans to ensure they are okay.
Just reach out and let them know they have someone to talk to.
We cannot continue to lose our heroes like this.
Sources: Daily Mail and New York Post