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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

Casualty List Afghanistan Chopper Crash 8/6/2011

We are updating as the families release their names

Photos of the Fallen

Click on each name to read their story

Aaron Carson Vaughn    SO1 SEAL

and here

John W Brown    USAF Tech Sgt Pararescue Medic

Robert James Reeves     Chief Petty Officer SOC SEAL

Lt. Commander Jonas Benton Kelsall    SEAL

and here

Jon Tumilson  OS2 SEAL

Kraig Vickers   Navy EOD

and here   and here

Kevin Houston  SO1 SEAL

and here

Chris Campbell   OS2Christopher Campbell SEAL

Spencer Duncan   Army Specialist 4 Door Gunner Bravo Company

Patrick Hamburger    Army Sgt Nebraska National Guard

and here

Michael Strange    Petty Officer First Class  Cryptologist CT

and here

Tommy Ratzlaff   SO1 SEAL

Matt Mills  Chief Petty Officer Stephan Mathew Mills SOC SEAL

and here    and here

Jason Workman  SO1 Petty Officer First Class SEAL

Nick Spehar   SO2 Nicholas Spehar SEAL

Matt Mason  Mathew Mason  SEAL

and here

Derek Benson  Darrik Benson SEAL

Brian Robert Bill    SOC SEAL

and here    here

Alexander Bennett  Army Specialist  Flight Mechanic

Bryan Nichols   Chief Warrant Officer 2  Pilot

Dan Zerbe   Daniel Zerbe Airman  E-5 Staff Sergeant Pararescue Medic

and here    and here

Lou Langlais    Master Chief Petty Officer  SEAL

John Douangdara  Master at Arms Petty Officer 1st Class Lead Dog Handler

Dave Carter   Chinook Pilot  Army National Guard

and here   and here

Army Aviator, Co Pilot, Colorado Guardsman, Name not yet announced

Jesse Pittman  SEAL

Heath Robinson

Nick Null  Navy EOD

and here   and here

Unnamed Navy SEAL from West Virginia

Jared William Day  Information Systems Technician First Class DEVGRU

Statement by Family of Jared William Day

John Weston Faas  Chief Petty Officer

Statement by Family of John Weston Faas

Andy Harvell Staff Sgt Combat Controller

Please send info or updates to dbacasualty@yahoo.com


And finally on August 11

Pentagon releases identities of  Troops Killed in Afghanistan Chinook Crash


August 7, 2011 Posted by | Afghanistan | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Navy Seal Found Not Guilty of Assaulting a Suspected Terrorist

A Virginia military jury found a Navy SEAL not guilty Thursday on all charges he punched an Iraqi suspected in the 2004 killings of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah.

“I’m really happy right now,” Matthew McCabe, the Navy SEAL, told Fox News shortly after hearing the outcome of the court martial. “It’s an amazing feeling. I’m on cloud nine right now.”

McCabe, a special operations petty officer second class, called the proceedings “troubling at times,” adding “having your career on the line is not an easy thing to handle.

McCabe was the third and final Navy SEAL to be prosecuted in the case. He had faced charges of assault, making a false official statement and dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee. McCabe was accused of punching last year is Ahmed Hashim Abed, the suspected mastermind of the grisly killings six years ago.

After the court martial, the 24-year-old from Perrysburg, Ohio, thanked the public for its continued support

“It’s been great everything they’ve done,” he told Fox News. “But, don’t worry about it anymore. We are putting this all behind us. It’s done and over with. I’m going to try not to think about this ever again.”

This follows four days of pre-trial motions, jury selection and testimony before a judge advocate general, Capt. Moira Modelewski, at naval station in Norfolk, Va.

Another one of the Navy SEALs charged, but acquitted in connection with the Abed case, Petty Officer First Class Julio Huertas, took the stand for the defense Thursday morning.

He said that he and the other two Navy SEALs, McCabe and Jonathan Keefe, did visit the detention facility where Abed was being held on the night of the alleged incident.

But, he insists, there was no assault. Huertas and Keefe were found not guilty last month in separate trials in Baghdad.

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May 7, 2010 Posted by | Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

US Navy SEAL cleared over attack on ‘Blackwater killer’

A US military jury has cleared a US Navy officer of helping to cover up an attack on an Iraqi suspected of killing four Blackwater guards in 2004.

Petty Officer Julio Huertas, 28, was found not guilty of dereliction of duty and attempting to influence the testimony of another service member.

PO Huertas is the first of three officers to face a court martial over the alleged abuse of Ahmed Hashim Abed.

The navy’s special forces are widely supported in the US.

US Sailor Petty Officer 3rd class Kevin Demartino told the court on Wednesday he saw Navy Seal PO Matthew McCabe punch Mr Abed last September.

Mr Demartino said PO Huertas and a third officer, PO Jonathan Keefe, were in the room at the time of the assault, and that PO Huertas later tried to get him to help them cover up the incident.

However, in the closing arguments, the lawyer for Mr Huertas highlighted inconsistencies between Mr Demartino’s testimony and that of nearly all other Navy witnesses.

Burned bodies

A six-man jury returned their not guilty verdict after two hours of deliberations.

PO Huertas and PO Keefe are being tried in Iraq, as Mr Abed cannot leave the country. PO McCabe will go on trial in May.

Mr Abed was arrested in September of last year and is accused of masterminding the killing of four Blackwater private security guards in Falluja.

Their bodies were dragged through the streets, burned and hung up on a bridge where they were photographed by the news media.

The three are reported to have opted for a military hearing instead of an official reprimand in an attempt to clear their names.

The US security firm Blackwater is at the centre of controversy surrounding the “outsourcing” of war, where private contractors are taking on tasks usually carried out by government soldiers. Original story here

April 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment