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All 16 service members killed in KC-130 crash identified

 

Earlier today, the Navy released the identities of all 16 of the service members aboard the doomed KC-130 refueling tanker that crashed in Mississippi, July 10, 2017.

The men have ties in all corners of the nation, with nine based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York.  Six of the Marines and one Navy corpsman were from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, members of the elite MARSOC (Marines Special Operations Command) 2nd Raider Battalion.

The mid-air explosion remains a mystery until the investigation is complete.

The information as it was released by the Navy: 

Full name: Ryan M. Lohrey 
Pay entry base date: Sept. 26, 2007
Rank and date of rank: Petty Officer 2nd Class/ Dec. 16, 2012
Home of record: Middletown, IN
Present Duty Station: 2d Marine Raider Battalion, MARSOC
Military Occupational Specialty: Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman

Full name: Caine M. Goyette
Pay entry base date: Dec. 5, 1994
Rank and date of rank: Major/Nov. 1, 2012
Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW
Military Occupational Specialty: 7557, KC-130 Aircraft Commander

Full name: Sean E. Elliott
Pay entry base date: May 4, 2009
Rank and date of rank: Captain/Oct. 1, 2013
Home of record: Orange, California
Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW
Military Occupational Specialty: 7557, KC-130 Aircraft Commander
Full name: Mark A. Hopkins
Pay entry base date: Sept. 4, 2001
Rank and date of rank: Gunnery Sergeant/May 1, 2014
Home of record: Chesapeake, Virginia
Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW
Military Occupational Specialty: 7372, Tactical Systems Operator/Mission Specialist

Full name: Brendan C. Johnson
Pay entry base date: Sept. 26, 1994
Rank and date of rank: Gunnery Sergeant/April 1, 2010
Home of record: Chittenden, Vermont
Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW
Military Occupational Specialty: 6276, Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130

Full name: Joshua M. Snowden
Pay entry base date: July 19, 2004
Rank and date of rank: Staff Sergeant/July 10, 2017
Home of record: Dallas, Texas
Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW
Military Occupational Specialty: 6276, Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130

Full name: Julian M. Kevianne
Pay entry base date: Dec. 1, 2009
Rank and date of rank: Sergeant/April 1, 2015
Home of record: Dallas, Texas
Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW
Military Occupational Specialty: 6276, Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130

Full name: Owen J. Lennon
Pay entry base date: Oct. 12, 2010
Rank and date of rank: Sergeant/Jan. 1, 2015
Home of record: Rockland, New York
Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW
Military Occupational Specialty: 6276, Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130

Full name: Daniel I. Baldassare
Pay entry base date: Sept. 14, 2015
Rank and date of rank: Corporal/June 1, 2017
Home of record: Monmouth, New Jersey
Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW
Military Occupational Specialty: 6276, Fixed Wing Aircraft Crew Master KC-130

Full name: Collin J. Schaaff
Pay entry base date: Aug. 26, 2013
Rank and date of rank: Corporal/Dec. 1, 2015
Home of record: Pierce, Washington
Present Duty Station: VMGR 452, MAG 49, 4th MAW
Military Occupational Specialty: 6531, Aircraft Ordnance Technician

Full name: Robert H. Cox
Pay entry base date: July 23, 2007
Rank and date of rank: Staff Sergeant/Oct. 1, 2016
Home of record: Ventura, California
Present Duty Station: 2nd Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command
Military Occupational Specialty: 0372, Critical Skills Operator

Full name: William J. Kundrat
Pay entry base date: July 30, 2002
Rank and date of rank: Staff Sergeant/Jan. 1, 2011
Home of record: Frederick, Maryland
Present Duty Station: 2nd Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command
Military Occupational Specialty: 0372, Critical Skills Operator

Full name: Chad E. Jenson
Pay entry base date: Sept. 13, 2010
Rank and date of rank: Sergeant/Oct. 1, 2014
Home of record: Los Angeles, California
Present Duty Station: 2nd Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command
Military Occupational Specialty: 0372, Critical Skills Operator

Full name: Talon R. Leach
Pay entry base date: Jan. 5, 2010
Rank and date of rank: Sergeant/Sept. 1, 2013
Home of record: Callaway, Missouri
Present Duty Station: 2nd Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command
Military Occupational Specialty: 0372, Critical Skills Operator

Full name: Joseph J. Murray
Pay entry base date: Aug. 31, 2009
Rank and date of rank: Sergeant/Aug. 1, 2014
Home of record: Duval, Florida
Present Duty Station: 2nd Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command
Military Occupational Specialty: 0372, Critical Skills Operator

Full name: Dietrich A. Schmieman
Pay entry base date: Sept. 20, 2010
Rank and date of rank: Sergeant/Jan. 1, 2014
Home of record: Benton, Washington
Present Duty Station: 2nd Raider Battalion, Special Operations Command
Military Occupational Specialty: 0372, Critical Skills Operator

Additional information about each of the service members was published by FOX News  here.

 

Soldier shot on I-5 by State Trooper was ‘Suicide by cop’

 

Tragedy unfolded yesterday along Interstate 5 in Washington State when a Washington State Trooper was put in the worst possible position.  A man confronted him with a knife and resisted arrest.  Law enforcement said the man intended to commit “suicide by cop” and, in the end, that is exactly what happened.

The deceased man was identified as Michael Anthony Rude, 22, of Kent, Washington.

Michael Rude was listed as a Washington National Guard Soldier (Burien) and was shot alongside the freeway near Lacey.

Dispatch records show Rude had called 9-1-1 about 6:13 am Sunday morning near State Route 167 and reported he had a knife and was suicidal.  He also indicated that he wanted to attack any police officer who pulled him over.  He proceeded down Interstate 5 at speeds up to 80 mph.

Rude was eventually stopped close to milepost 110, southbound, near the Carpenter Road Exit.  He exited his vehicle, knife in hand and refused to comply with the officers on scene.

Sadly, circumstances led to the Soldier being shot and killed by one of the three of four Troopers who responded around 6:49 am.

The incident is under investigation and the State Trooper is on administrative leave until the conclusion of that investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for early this week.

 

705th Munitions Airmen rescue hiker attacked by a bison in North Dakota

 

Hiking in North Dakota is hard; even harder when you are attacked by an American bison.

Last week, Minot Airmen Justin Valentine, Jake Nixon, and Christopher Velazquez were camping at Juniper Campground when they heard a distant call for help. Not sure of what they were hearing, the men continued to listen.  The voice turned out to be that of Michael Turk, 65, of Juneau, Alaska, hollering for help.

The incident happened Friday, June 30, about 10:30 p.m. The airmen, still awake and enjoying their campfire, found it hard to believe the silence of the night was being interrupted by a call for distress.  Doing what well trained warriors do, they grabbed their flashlights and weapons, and headed out into the dark.

About a quarter of a mile out, they saw a light that turned out to be from Turk’s flashlight.  The injured hiker was still yelling, Bleeding, buffalo, call 9-1-1.”  Airman Velazquez, who had taken the lead, messaged for his buddies to call 9-1-1.  It was about then that he noticed the bison was between himself and the injured man.

Turk indicated that he was bleeding badly and needed immediate assistance but the bison wasn’t budging.

In fact, it began walking toward the downed hiker.  Extreme efforts to distract the huge animal, including discharging a firearm into the ground, seemed to have no effect.

Some minutes later however, the bison lost interest in his victim and sauntered off, but the damage to  Michael Turk was done.  The Alaska man was in serious trouble, bleeding badly from one leg.

Another camper arrived on scene and used his shirt as a tourniquet to quell Turk’s bleeding before Velazquez and a handful of other campers were able to assist Turk off the butte.  There is no word on the hiker’s current condition.

Full story as published in the Minot Daily News can be read here.

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