Thursday, May 11, 2006

In Memoriam

I caught my breath when I saw this headline... A very good friend of mine is deployed with this Division -- the page couldn't open fast enough. Thank God my friend wasn't on the list, but other friends -fathers -sons and brothers were...

"FORT DRUM – Ten Soldiers assigned to the 10th Mountain Division were killed May 5 in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed while conducting combat operations.

Six of the Soldiers were assigned to the division’s 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment. Four other Soldiers killed in the accident were assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, a unit within the 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

The bodies of the Soldiers killed in the accident, along with the helicopter, were recovered May 8 by members of Combined Joint Task Force-76, the coalition military force charged with eliminating terrorist forces from Afghanistan and fostering an environment for the foundation of a democratic Afghan government.

Some 5,800 10th Mountain Division Soldiers based at Fort Drum, along with 1,300 Mountain Soldiers based at Fort Polk, La., deployed to Afghanistan in January to serve as the core of Combined Joint Task Force-76.

The Soldiers were:

Lt. Col. Joseph J. Fenty, Jr., commander, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric W. Totten, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Christopher B. Donaldson, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment

Staff Sgt. Christopher T. Howick, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment

Sgt. Bryan A. Brewster, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment

Sgt. John C. Griffith, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Brigade

Sgt. Jeffery S. Wiekamp, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment

Spc. Justin L. Odonohoe, A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment

Spc. David N. Timmons Jr., A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment

Pfc. Brian M. Moquin, Jr., A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment"
(source)

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