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Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, a pararescueman assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C., died Aug. 6 when his aircraft, a coalition CH-47 Chinook, crashed in the Maiden Wardak Province in eastern Afghanistan. Zerbe and two other Air Force Special Operations Command Special Tactics Airmen, Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown and Staff. Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell were among 25 U.S. Special Operations Command operators who died in the crash, which also took the lives of five U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers, seven Afghan commandos and one civilian interpreter.
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AFSOC Airmen killed in Afghanistan helicopter crash

Posted 8/11/2011   Updated 8/11/2011 Email story   Print story

    


Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs

8/11/2011 - HURLBURT FIELD, Fla.  -- Three Air Force Special Operations Command Airmen died Saturday morning when their aircraft, a coalition CH-47 Chinook, crashed in the Maiden Wardak Province in eastern Afghanistan. They were among 25 U.S. Special Operations Command operators who died in the crash, which also took the lives of five U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers, seven Afghan commandos and one civilian interpreter.

The Department of Defense announced today the Airmen were pararescuemen Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, and combat controller Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell. All three Airmen were assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C.

"This crash leaves us in AFSOC with heavy hearts," said Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, AFSOC commander. "My deepest sympathies extend to the families of our fallen brethren and to their teammates. As we remember their sacrifice, we will press on and continue to provide unparalleled air support to our combatant commanders."

There was a private memorial for the Airmen at Pope Field today. There are no details on funeral arrangements at this time. For more information, contact Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs at (850) 884-5515.

(Editor's Note: Sergeant Brown was posthumously promoted to Technical Sergeant because he had been selected for promotion earlier this month. Previous reporting identified him as a Staff Sergeant.)



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8/16/2011 2:51:27 PM ET
Our heart are heavy with yours your loss is ours as well. We want you to know we are praying for you and will continue to serve you in this way we are so thankful for your selfless personal sacrifice for our freedom individually and unitedly. We do not take it lightly and we pray fervantly for great blessings to come through it all. God bless you all. Thank you
Gail , Aurora Co
 
8/11/2011 8:12:04 PM ET
thank you all for your contribution to our safety all that you have done will not be forgotten. Prayers hugs and kisses to your family and loved onew...we will honor you all forever...Honey Airborne
Honey, New York City
 
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