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VA Beach SEAL killed in Afghanistan

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY)  November 26, 2012

A Navy SEAL assigned to a Virginia Beach team was shot and killed while in combat Saturday in Afghanistan.

Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin R. Ebbert, 32, of Arcata, Calif., died while supporting stability operations in southern Afghanistan, according to a Department of Defense news release.

Ebbert was a Special Warfare Operator assigned to a SEAL team out of Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our teammate who has made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Capt. Robert Smith, Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group Two. “We have lost a courageous patriot who selflessly answered our nation’s call to defend freedom and protect us from terrorism.”

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November 26, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Virginia Beach based SEAL killed in Afghanistan

Update

Kantor died as a result of a gunshot wound suffered in combat in southern Afghanistan, according to a press release from Naval Special Warfare Group Two.

Kantor was assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group Two which is based in Virginia Beach.

 

WAVY TV November 3, 2012

ZABUL, AFGHANISTAN – A locally based Navy SEAL supporting Operation Enduring Freedom was killed in Afghanistan Saturday.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew G. Kantor, 22, of Gillette, N.J., died supporting stability operations in Zabul, Afghanistan, according to news release from the Department of Defense.

Kantor was assigned to the Naval Special Warfare unit based in Virginia Beach.

22-year-old sailor from Morris County killed in Afghanistan

November 3, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Department of Defense | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Civilian Contractor Tyrone Woods, Retired Navy SEAL, killed in Libya Embassy Attack

CNN  September 14, 2012

Tyrone Woods became a Navy SEAL after his mother suggested he join the military. Friday afternoon, Cheryl Croft Bennett will attend a ceremony to honor the life of her son Ty and grieve his loss after his death along side three other Americans in Tuesday’s assault on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi.

Woods, who had retired from the Navy, handled security for diplomats and perished with fellow former SEAL Glen Doherty, computer expert Sean Smith and U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens

On Thursday, a U.S. official confirmed Woods was among the dead. “Tyrone’s friends and colleagues called him ‘Rone,’ and they relied on his courage and skill, honed over two decades as a Navy SEAL,” said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a statement.

“In uniform, he served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since 2010, he protected American diplomatic personnel in dangerous posts from Central America to the Middle East. He had the hands of a healer as well as the arm of a warrior, earning distinction as a registered nurse and certified paramedic. All our hearts go out to Tyrone’s wife Dorothy and his three sons, Tyrone Jr., Hunter, and Kai, who was born just a few months ago.”

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September 14, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Libya, Private Security Contractor, Safety and Security Issues | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Civilian Contractor Glen Doherty, former Navy SEAL, ID’d as one of four victims in Libya U.S. Consulate attack

The 42-year-old was part of private security detail and was protecting Ambassador Chris Stevens; also worked against proselytizing by troops

New York Daily News  August 13, 2012

A former Navy SEAL from Massachusetts was identified Thursday as one of the four Americans killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

Glen Doherty, 42, of Winchester, Mass., was working a security detail in the volatile nation when he was killed Tuesday, The Boston Globe reported.

“I never thought he’d be another victim of 9/11,” his sister Katie Quigley told the newspaper. Doherty arrived in Libya just six days before his death in Benghazi.

Doherty was protecting Ambassador Chris Stevens and aiding the wounded after the consulate was blasted with rocket propelled grenades during a four-hour firefight, Quigley said.

Stevens and 10-year diplomatic veteran Sean Smith were also killed in the attack. A fourth victim of the attack remains unidentified.

Doherty was a lifelong thrill seeker whose past included stints as a ski instructor and at a flight school.

He spent seven years in the Navy, and belonged to a group that fought against religious proselytizing by U.S. troops.

He left military service to join a company that provides security for U.S. officials overseas, his sister said.

Since going into the security business, Doherty was sent back to Iraq and Afghanistan — and worked in Israel and Kenya, his sister told the Globe.

The family received word of his death on Wednesday afternoon.

igley said she believed the attack was not prompted by an anti-Islamic movie but was premeditated and timed to coincide with Sept. 11.

“Glen was highly trained,” she said. “He was the best of the best. He wouldn’t have gone down for some protest over a movie. This was serious, well-planned, well-executed.”

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September 13, 2012 Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Defense Base Act, Libya, Private Security Contractor | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Double sacrifice: Family loses sons in Afghanistan

Associated Press  March 11, 2012

Jeremy Wise

PRESCOTT, Ark. — When their older brother Jeremy died in Afghanistan, Ben and Beau Wise did what loyal brothers and soldiers do. They stood solemnly in uniform at his memorial, laid red roses in front of his picture, and Ben spoke bravely to a chapel full of loved ones who came to mourn

Soldiers themselves, Ben and Beau knew what their fallen brother had experienced and seen. They knew the difficulties of being a warrior and a devoted husband, and what a testament it was to Jeremy’s character that he had excelled at both.

“Jeremy, I miss you and I love you, brother,” Ben said. “And see you again.”

Benjamin Wise

Two years later, Ben died at a hospital in Germany after an insurgent attack left him with injuries that first cost him his legs, then cost him his life. He was 34, a year younger than Jeremy was when a suicide bomber killed him at a CIA base where he was working as a defense contractor.

For a family that had already paid the highest price of war, it was time for another funeral, another eulogy, another grave.

The eldest Wise boys are two of the thousands of Americans who have died since the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan began. But they share a link that most do not: They were brothers.

“They laid down their lives, both of them, so that others could live,” their mother, Mary Wise, said.

Jeremy had just retired as a Navy SEAL and was working as a defense contractor in Afghanistan. He thought he could spend more time with his family that way and still serve his country. When he was home in Virginia, he played ninjas with his stepson, Ethan, and hung around his wife, Dana, even if she was doing something as mundane as laundry.

March 11, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Blackwater, CIA, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Government Contractor, Private Security Contractor, State Department | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Caleb Nelson Killed in Afghanistan

WAVY Sunday, 02 Oct 2011

NORFOLK, Va.(WAVY) – A locally based Navy SEAL was killed Saturday in Zabul province, Afghanistan, according to a press release from the Department of Defense.

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Caleb Nelson, 26, was killed when the vehicle he was riding in hit an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense.

Nelson, A native of Omaha Nebraska, was assigned to the Naval Special Operations Warfare Unit based out of Norfolk.

“Caleb Nelson was a cherished teammate, a gifted SEAL operator, and a loving husband and father. His tireless professionalism, inspiring passion for life, and his humble and selfless service to our country made him a role model for all who knew him,” said Capt Tim Szymanski, Commander of Naval Special Warfare Group TWO in a released statement.

“We are deeply saddened by this tremendous loss and yet comforted knowing that Caleb died serving beside the people he loved. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Nelson family during this very difficult time, and we will never forget the ultimate sacrifice that Caleb made while protecting our nation and his teammates,” said Capt. Szymanski.

Nelson was a highly decorated soldier and received the Bronze Star for Valor and a Purple Heart.

He is survived by his wife, two sons and his parents.

Stay with WAVY.com and Wavy News 10 on air for the latest on this developing story

October 2, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan, Improvised Explosive Devices | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Former Navy SEAL from VA Beach killed in suicide bombing

WTKR-TV3

A former Navy SEAL from Virginia Beach was killed in the suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
Neighbors of Jeremy Wise say he was among the Americans killed Wednesday by a suicide bomber targeting CIA members.

A picture of Wise was posted on a Facebook page set up in his honor.
The Facebook page states that Wise is a former Navy SEAL who was working as a security contractor in Khost, Afghanistan.
The suicide bomber struck the CIA’s operation at Camp Chaman in eastern Khost Province Wednesday.
Today the Pakistani Taliban claim they used a turncoat CIA operative to carry out the suicide bombing. They say it was revenge for a top militant eader’s death in a US missile strike.
The Pakistani Taliban say they wanted to damage the CIA’s ability to launch missile strikes in Pakistan.
Jeremy’s Facebook Memorial

January 2, 2010 Posted by | Contractor Casualties, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment