After spending long days training other Navy SEALs for combat deployments, sometimes with mere hours back home before volunteering for a flight to help other warriors hone their skills, there was one place Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Remington Peters could be found once the weekend arrived: with his teammates.
Peters, who died during a skydiving performance on Sunday, would return to his command to fix his gear and spend time with others on his team, said retired SEAL Chief James Moore of San Diego, now a civilian employee at the Department of Defense.
“This is a lifestyle more than a profession, and he embodied that,” Moore, a friend of Peters, as well as a colleague when they served together in a training detachment.
“I know he loved his family very deeply, but he loved us as well. He was loyal to a fault,” Moore said.
Peters, 27, was killed in a skydiving incident Sunday while performing in a New York Fleet Week show with the Leap Frogs, the SEALs’ skydiving team. The Navy is investigating the cause of the accident, but said Peters’ parachute malfunctioned and he landed in the Hudson River. He was picked up by the Coast Guard and taken to a New Jersey hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Peters, who was originally from Colorado but spent nearly his whole Navy career in San Diego, was devoted to his work, Moore said.
When they were trainers together, preparing others for upcoming combat deployments, Peters’ students rated him highly, and others found that he was a good guy to work with. He could cheer people up without being obnoxious, was a strong leader, but could also follow diligently when needed, Moore said.
“He just desired to be the best at everything he wanted to do,” he said. “He came to work every morning with a smile on his face and didn’t care how hard or dirty the job would be.”
When he wasn’t working, he would spend time with his girlfriend, or doing Crossfit, or at a gun range shooting.
The death was, as anyone would expect it would be, devastating to family and friends.
“As you get a little older in life, you see these young men, it’s their turn now to carry on what my generation started,” said Moore, who still works with SEALs in his current position. “I think the best thing to say is that it hurts. He was too young to go.”
Like Peters always heading back to be with the team, Moore knew where he could find some comfort as he grieved the loss of his friend. He went to the Navy SEAL facility in Coronado.
“I didn’t know where else to be,” he said. “So I came to the team.”