4 Airmen killed, 3 wounded

June 12th, 2010  

Topic: 4 Airmen killed, 3 wounded

6/11/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Department of Defense officials announced June 9 the deaths of four Airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died June 9, near Forward Operating Base Jackson, Afghanistan, in a helicopter crash.

Killed were:

--Staff Sgt. Michael P. Flores, 31, of San Antonio, Texas, assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

--1st Lt. Joel C. Gentz, 25, of Grass Lake, Mich., assigned to the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.

--Staff Sgt. David C. Smith, 26, of Eight Mile, Ala., assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis AFB.

--Senior Airman Benjamin D. White, 24, of Erwin, Tenn., assigned to the 48th RQS, Davis-Monthan AFB.
The helo was shot down.

Mike Flores and Ben White were PJs, Joel Gentz was a CRO, Dave Smith was an FE. Joel is the first CRO to be killed during combat or training, a sad milestone for the CRO careerfield.

Mike was a great guy and stellar PJ and will truly be missed. Everything I know of David and Joel were all positive as well. This is a tragic loss for our community as well as the RQS community as a whole.

RIP brothers.

Three PJs in the follow bird were able to rescue the pilot, co-pilot and AG from the burning wreckage while continuing to take hostile fire, their condition is critical at this time.
June 12th, 2010  
Sorry to hear this. May they rest in peace.

"F upp og drekka t Einherjar, inn fagnar til Valhalla."

Speedy Recovery to the wounded.
June 12th, 2010  
"That others may live"

R.I.P. gentlemen, you will be missed. And a quick recovery to the wounded.
June 12th, 2010  
Sad news. Rest in peace.
June 13th, 2010  
Rest in Peace !

Speedy recovery to the wounded.
June 14th, 2010  
LT Rector
I salute them. "So Others May Live". Rest in peace brave men
June 14th, 2010  
"All gave some, some gave all"

Blue skies gentlemen.

PJ, bad day all around.. More to follow via PM.

June 14th, 2010  
Rest in Peace.
June 14th, 2010  
Not good.... RIP brothers!!
June 19th, 2010  
RIP Brothers

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