Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Extortion 17: Always remembered

I stole this from my good friend CSM (R) Mellinger. Today is sad day like any other when we lose a Service Member, but 3 years ago today is the day where we lost the 31 Men of Extortion 17.
Please read and then watch the video.

"You won't remember my name. And you won't remember my face. But here's the thing. You cannot forget theirs." 

On 6 August 2011, a U.S. Boeing CH-47 Chinook military helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down while transporting a quick reaction force attempting to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers in Wardak province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan. The resulting crash killed all 38 people on board: 15 Navy SEALs from the Naval Special Warfare Development Group's Gold Squadron; two SEALs from another unit and five Naval Special Warfare support personnel; 2 U.S. Army personnel from the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, part of Colorado Army National Guard; 3 U.S. Army personnel from the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment; 1 U.S. Air Force Combat Controller from the 24th Special Tactics Squadron; 2 U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen from the 24th Special Tactics Squadron; 7 Afghan National Army Commando; 1 Afghan civilian interpreter; 1 U.S. Military Working Dog.

Major Jake Thornburg is an instructor pilot in the C-17 and KC-135 and is currently the Chief, Commander's Action Group, 62d Airlift Wing, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Maj Thornburg has multiple deployments in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.


 From Extortion 17

Please go to Extortion 17: Remember our Brothers.  Read about our Fallen Heroes...

From Navy SEALS:

Please take a moment today to remember the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen warriors of Extortion 17. 


These special operators were lost when their CH-47 Chinook was shot down while on the way to reinforce a group of Army Rangers who were engaged in the unforgiving Wardak Province of Afghanistan.  To the families of these brave men, we salute you and will never forget the sacrifices that were made for all of us.  We are forever grateful.

SGT Alexander J. Bennett
SPC Spencer Duncan
CWO Bryan J. Nichols
CWO David R. Carter
SSG Patrick D. Hamburger
TSgt John W. Brown
SSgt Andrew W. Harvell
TSgt Daniel L. Zerbe
PO1 (SEAL) Darrick C. Benson
CPO (SEAL) Brian R. Bill
PO1 (SEAL) Christopher G. Campbell
PO1 Jared W. Day
PO1 John Douangdara & Navy SEAL Dog “Bart”
CPO (SEAL) John W. Faas
CPO (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston
Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall
MCPO (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais
CPO (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason
CPO (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills
CPO Nicholas H. Null
PO1 (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman
SCPO (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff
CPO (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves
CPO (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson
PO2 (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar
PO1 Michael J. Strange
PO1 (SEAL) Jon T. Tumilson
PO1 (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn
SCPO Kraig M. Vickers
PO1 (SEAL) Jason R. Workman

 Remember and honor their and every day....

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