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Miramar Marines Killed In Helicopter Crash Identified

 SAN DIEGO, CA – Military officials have identified four Miramar-based Marines killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission this week in Imperial County.  Capt. Samuel A. Schultz, 28, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania; First Lt. Samuel D. Phillips, 27, of Pinehurst, North Carolina; Gunnery Sgt. Richard Holley, 33, of Dayton, Ohio; and Lance Cpl. Taylor J. Conrad, 24, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter when it crashed around 2:35 p.m. Tuesday near El Centro, according to Marine Corps officials.  The Marines were from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO, CA – Military officials have identified four Miramar-based Marines killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission this week in Imperial County.

Capt. Samuel A. Schultz, 28, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania; First Lt. Samuel D. Phillips, 27, of Pinehurst, North Carolina; Gunnery Sgt. Richard Holley, 33, of Dayton, Ohio; and Lance Cpl. Taylor J. Conrad, 24, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter when it crashed around 2:35 p.m. Tuesday near El Centro, according to Marine Corps officials.

The Marines were from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO, CA – Military officials have identified four Miramar-based Marines killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission this week in Imperial County.

Capt. Samuel A. Schultz, 28, of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania; First Lt. Samuel D. Phillips, 27, of Pinehurst, North Carolina; Gunnery Sgt. Richard Holley, 33, of Dayton, Ohio; and Lance Cpl. Taylor J. Conrad, 24, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter when it crashed around 2:35 p.m. Tuesday near El Centro, according to Marine Corps officials.

The Marines were from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego.  Marine Corps Times - April 5, 2018


Pentagon identifies seven U.S. servicemen killed in Iraq helicopter crash

The Pentagon on Saturday identified the seven people killed in a U.S. helicopter crash in western Iraq on Thursday.

They include two airmen from Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

Master Sgt. William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Fla., and Staff Sgt. Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee were from the 920th Rescue Wing, assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron, Air Force Reserve, at Patrick.

The 308th Rescue Squadron is one of the Air Force Reserve's elite rescue units, specializing in critical trauma care and search and rescue.

Also killed was Capt. Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

Four of the airmen were assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing at the Francis S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base, N.Y.:

• Capt. Andreas B. O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, N.Y.

• Capt. Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City, N.Y.

• Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, N.Y.

• Staff Sgt. Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.

New York City firefighters — Raguso and Zanetis — were deployed as part of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, based on Long Island.

Contributing: The Associated Press   - March 16, 2018


In Memory of Our Dear Friend
Paul Francis Cipolone
Co-Owner of Fort Nassau Graphics, Retired Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.  
May 25, 1956 - August 23, 2017


In Memory of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
and Dear Friend
Col. Wesley L. Fox
Serving 43 Years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
September 30, 1931 - November 25, 2017

             Col. Wesley L. Fox

            Col. Wesley L. Fox


In Memory of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
and Dear Friend
Capt. Thomas J. Hudner  
August 31, 1924 - November 13, 2017

             Capt. Thomas J. Hudner

            Capt. Thomas J. Hudner


Navy IdentifiesThree Sailors Missing After Aircraft Crashed Near Japan

 From left: Airman Matthew Chialastri; Lt. Steven Combs; and Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso. (U.S. Navy via AFP/Getty Images)

From left: Airman Matthew Chialastri; Lt. Steven Combs; and Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso. (U.S. Navy via AFP/Getty Images)

The C-2A “Greyhound” transport aircraft was traveling to the USS Ronald Reagan when it crashed. Eight people were rescued. U.S. and Japanese ships searched for the three missing sailors and on November 25 identified the three sailors.


10th Special Forces Group Soldier dies in Afghanistan

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Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Cribben, 33, of Simi Valley, California, died Nov. 4 in Logar Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained while engaged in combat operations in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. Cribben was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, Colorado


Remembering the Four 3rd Special Forces Group Soldiers Killed October 4 in Niger 

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Remembering the 10 Sailors Lost August 21, 2017 in the Collision of the USS John S. McCain

 The Navy sailors killed or missing after the collision of the USS John S. McCain with a merchant ship on Aug. 21, 2017. Clockwise, from top left: Charles Findley, Abraham Lopez, Kevin Bushell, Jacob Drake, Timothy Eckels Jr., Kenneth Smith, Dustin Doyon, John Hoagland III, Logan Palmer. Not pictured: Corey Ingram.   U.S. NAVY / CBS NEWS

The Navy sailors killed or missing after the collision of the USS John S. McCain with a merchant ship on Aug. 21, 2017. Clockwise, from top left: Charles Findley, Abraham Lopez, Kevin Bushell, Jacob Drake, Timothy Eckels Jr., Kenneth Smith, Dustin Doyon, John Hoagland III, Logan Palmer. Not pictured: Corey Ingram.

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Remembering the Three Marines Lost August 5, 2017 in the Osprey Crash off Australia

 Pfc. Ruben Velasco,  Age 19, West Covina, California.  Field Artillery Fire Control Marine, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment  Cpl. Nathaniel Ordway,  Age 21, Wichita, Kansas.  V-22 Crew Chief - Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265  1st Lt. Benjamin Cross,  Age 26, Bethel, Maine.  V-22 Pilot - Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265   Semper Fidelis  (Photos: from USMC Life)

Pfc. Ruben Velasco,  Age 19, West Covina, California.  Field Artillery Fire Control Marine, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment

Cpl. Nathaniel Ordway,  Age 21, Wichita, Kansas.  V-22 Crew Chief - Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265

1st Lt. Benjamin Cross,  Age 26, Bethel, Maine.  V-22 Pilot - Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265

Semper Fidelis  (Photos: from USMC Life)


Remembering Those Lost July 10, 2017 KC-130 Crash Tribute