Two years ago today we lost some great young Americans in a tragic aircraft crash during combat with our enemies. All told, air and ground mission crews, we lost 38 souls that night: 17 US Navy SEALs, 5 NSW Fleet Techs, 2 USAF Pararescumen, 1 USAF Combat Controller, 5 US Army National Guard and Army Reserve Aviators, 7 Afghan Commandos, and 1 Afghan interpreter. Also on board was a single NSW Working Dog.
I live in Virginia’s Tidewater and it really hit this community hard. All of them will be missed, no matter where they hailed from. There are a lot of families and friends out here missing a little piece of themselves in the passing of these men. Rest in Peace brothers, you are not forgotten.
Now, some tough talk for those of us still living. If you are sharing a tribute to these men on this one day a year like this was something special, you trivialize the sacrifice of all of the rest of those men and women who have died in service over the history of this nation. Remember them all, always.