Excerpt from e-mail correspondence with US Senator's Office:

"I keep a copy of the 05FEB07 Newsweek Magazine on my desk--"Blackhawk Down" on the cover.  On 20JAN07, two days before my 35th birthday, the battalion I was flying UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters with (serving also as the Battalion Logistics Officer) lost an entire aircrew and 12 Americans were killed in a calculated ambush north of Baghdad.  I'd flown over the same palm grove multiple times in previous weeks and months.  Could have been me.

 

As the entire base communications were shut down, I remember driving across the FOB to the morgue as I was responsible for coordinating return of remains etc... in Balad, Iraq, thinking (in my bubble) that "surely the world will listen" and this will make a difference..." (Coren Jonathan Allen)

First flight over Baghdad
First flight over Baghdad

FEB06. Pre-deployment site visit (PDSS) picture with Kentucky Army National Guard unit.

Last flight in Iraq
Last flight in Iraq

Turned out to be my last flight in a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter

Gary Sinise, Balad, Iraq
Gary Sinise, Balad, Iraq

USO Tour

Persian Gulf
Persian Gulf

Kuwait City, Kuwait

Flight crew
Flight crew

During one of many missions. US flags were flown and displayed on nearly every mission and sent home to family, loved ones and many others

January 20, 2007
January 20, 2007

Newsweek Magazine (February 5, 2007) details the Blackhawk helicopter crash and loss of 12 Americans north of Baghdad.

Ramp Ceremony Lineup 21JAN07
Ramp Ceremony Lineup 21JAN07

RIP Easy 40. Most never witness. There is no adequate explanation for what takes place in and before the Soldiers present at this ceremony.

Ramp Ceremony Honor Guard I
Ramp Ceremony Honor Guard I

RIP Easy 40. Most never witness. There is no adequate explanation for what takes place in and before the Soldiers present at this ceremony.

Ramp Ceremony Honor Guard II
Ramp Ceremony Honor Guard II

RIP Easy 40. Most never witness. There is no adequate explanation for what takes place in and before the Soldiers present at this ceremony.