Post by kingsman18 on Sept 30, 2009 4:52:55 GMT -6
For the UH-60 crash on 19 Sep 09 in Balad, Iraq, the pilots were from the Ohio Guard, but the rest of the crew and pax are from A Co, 1-52 Aviation "Tomahawks" from Fort Wainwright, AK. This includes SPC Cote. The Tomahawks are under operational control of the Theater Aviation Command from the Ohio National Guard.
Could you include the Tomahawks patch next to the Ohio Guard patch for this listing? I found an example online here and as a somewhat recent member of this unit I can vouch for its authenticity...
Michael Cote was only attached to 38th CAB. He was active duty stationed at Fort Wainwright Alaska. Due to a training event he was participating in door gunnery with a 38th CAB helicopter. Almost everybody in the back of the helicopter was from Fort Wainwright Alaska. I feel you should atleast mention this FACT in your post because we feel a great loss here at his home station. There are a few other crewmembers that also suffered life altering injuries. It is only fair to let all the the people who come to this site know where he comes from. A co 1-52 Avn Reg (Tomahawks). Just look at the patch in the photo you posted, it's Alaska's binky bear. He is gone, but not forgotten. Disregard the other post I linked it incorrectly.
I have seen two other posts about Spc Cote. On both the other posts people have been bringing to the attention of every reader that Spc Cote was from A co 1-52 in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. It seems to me that the guys running this website are ignoring every post about this. Now, if it was untrue I would totally understand. But......, with very little effort and research I have seen that Spc Cote was from A co 1-52 and furthermore, he was a great person. He left behind a daughter who he only met once and a wife who's life is forever altered. Now really? How hard would it be to mention Spc Cote's actual unit and home station. When Spc Cote's baby daughter is all grown-up give her the opportunity to read an actual fact based story of her father's last moments. Please do a google search and you will see that we are telling the truth. On this day of honoring our veterans, please amend your post and honor Spc Cote properly.
As a fellow aviator of the pilots.....I disagree with the phrasing of "trying to race a dust storm". The storm was moving so fast it over took them landing to the alternate taxiway.
I will have to disagree with you. I have listened to the tape from the CVDR during a safety stands meeting. They were in fact trying to race the storm. The sister ship broke away to land at an alternate location prior to the storm.