A Bad Day for Military Aviation

| March 12, 2013

We lost eight brothers-in-arms yesterday in military aircraft crashes.

A helicopter crash near Kandahar, Afghanistan, claimed the lives of five US soldiers yesterday.  Initial reports indicate no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash.

A separate incident in Washington state yesterday was also deadly.  An EA-6B attached to VAQ-129 and operating out of NAS Whidbey Island crashed in a rural area yesterday, killing 3 Navy personnel.

There were no reported survivors in either incident.  Names of those killed have not yet been released.

Rest in peace, my brothers-in-arms.  May God comfort their surviving family and friends.

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  1. Whitey_wingnut says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to their family and friends.

  2. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    God rest the brave souls who put to the skies … fearless as they are!

    Here is a great video about our aviators: http://www.youtube.com/v/RU1oB8sGyYM

  3. James says:

    My prayers to their family and friends as well…

  4. PintoNag says:

    God’s peace to these aviators and their families.

  5. Eggs says:

    And on this day in 1989, a U. S. Air Force Reserve CH-3E from the 71st Special Operations Squadron crashed outside of Tucson, Arizona.

    The Air Force Reserve crew members lost in the accident were: Lt. Col. Lawrence M. Rolle, 41, of Phoenix, commander of the reserve squadron and co-pilot of the helicopter; Maj. Donald D. Thomas, 42, of Tempe, the pilot; Master Sgt. Malte Breitlow, 45, of Tucson, and Tech. Sgt. William E. Slaven, 37, also of Tucson.

    The Army Special Forces Team aboard from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C. were Capt. lvin L. Broussard, 30, of Sulphur, La.; Capt. Alan C. Brown, 32, West Plains, Mo.; Master Sgt. Roger D. Berryhill, 34, Pahokee, Fla.; Sgt. 1st Class Larry K. Evans, 30, Sparks, Nev.; Sgt. 1st Class George A. Wayne, 31, Whiteville, N.C.; Staff. Sgt. John W. Bigler II, 24, of Long Beach, Calif.; Staff Sgt. Kenneth W. Campbell, 26, Clinton, S.C.; Staff Sgt. Robert L. Griswold, Fayetteville, N.C.; Staff Sgt. Kevin R. Livengood, 29, San Antonio, Texas; Sgt. Larry D. Endress, 30, Clearwater, Fla.; and Sgt. Terry M. Hollway, 28, Los Angeles

  6. Andy says:

    question about the report of no survivors, the Prowler has a 4 man crew, but three were killed?

  7. MJ says:

    Rolle, Thomas, Bretlow, Slaven = Four

    I am looking for family members of the survivors of the Arizona crash for a possible memorial ceremony next March. Please email mjruns@hotmail.com

    Thank you,

    MJ

  8. MJ says:

    Oh brother – that was not what I meant to write! My apologies…it should saving surviving family members.

    MJ

  9. Julie says:

    My brother, Capt Alan C Brown, was killed in this crash in 1989. It was a terrible week for us. He left behind a wife, a 3 yr old boy, and a 5 yr old boy. The 5 yr old boy grew up to become a Navy Seal. We know first hand that freedom isn’t free. Thank you, Eggs, for posting this and keeping their memories alive.

    Eggs Says:
    March 12th, 2013 at 10:15 am
    And on this day in 1989, a U. S. Air Force Reserve CH-3E from the 71st Special Operations Squadron crashed outside of Tucson, Arizona.

    The Air Force Reserve crew members lost in the accident were: Lt. Col. Lawrence M. Rolle, 41, of Phoenix, commander of the reserve squadron and co-pilot of the helicopter; Maj. Donald D. Thomas, 42, of Tempe, the pilot; Master Sgt. Malte Breitlow, 45, of Tucson, and Tech. Sgt. William E. Slaven, 37, also of Tucson.

    The Army Special Forces Team aboard from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C. were Capt. lvin L. Broussard, 30, of Sulphur, La.; Capt. Alan C. Brown, 32, West Plains, Mo.; Master Sgt. Roger D. Berryhill, 34, Pahokee, Fla.; Sgt. 1st Class Larry K. Evans, 30, Sparks, Nev.; Sgt. 1st Class George A. Wayne, 31, Whiteville, N.C.; Staff. Sgt. John W. Bigler II, 24, of Long Beach, Calif.; Staff Sgt. Kenneth W. Campbell, 26, Clinton, S.C.; Staff Sgt. Robert L. Griswold, Fayetteville, N.C.; Staff Sgt. Kevin R. Livengood, 29, San Antonio, Texas; Sgt. Larry D. Endress, 30, Clearwater, Fla.; and Sgt. Terry M. Hollway, 28, Los Angeles