Sunday, October 5, 2014

Honor the Fallen

)n Friday, the military released the name of the Marine who is now the first American casualty in operations against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria. Corporal Jordan Spears, 21, was lost at sea in an aircraft incident on Wednesday. From the Department of the Navy:
Corporal Jordan Spears"Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, of Memphis, Indiana, was lost at sea Oct 1, 2014, in the North Arabian Gulf. He was assigned to Marine Tiltrotor Squadron 163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.
U.S. forces in the North Arabian Gulf suspended a search and rescue operation for Cpl. Spears Oct. 2, after efforts to locate him were unsuccessful.
Cpl. Spears went into the water Oct. 1, when the aircraft he was aboard appeared to lose power and descended to the surface of the ocean shortly after takeoff from USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Another air crewman also exited the aircraft at the same time and was safely recovered. He is in stable condition aboard Makin Island.
The pilot of the aircraft, a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey, was eventually able to regain control and safely land back aboard Makin Island. There were four personnel aboard the aircraft when it took off, two pilots and two enlisted aircrew. Cpl. Spears was one of the two enlisted aircrew who exited the aircraft when it appeared the Osprey might crash into the ocean.
U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel conducted an extensive search of the area using all available assets, which continued throughout the night of Oct. 1, and the next day.
The Osprey's crew was participating in flight operations in support of its current mission at the time of the mishap.
The Navy and Marine Corps will investigate the cause of the incident."
Corporal Spears home was at Miramar Air Station, about 40 miles south of Camp Pendleton near San Diego. He was killed in the line of duty, serving his country, and his Corps. His fellow Marines will mourn and remember him. As we hope all Americans will.