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Colorado National Guard mourns loss of Soldier 
Department of Defense and Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
Colorado Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 David R. Carter 

Colorado Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 5 David R. Carter (CONG archives)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011

CONTACT:
Air Force Capt. Darin Overstreet
720-250-1053

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (8/11/11) – The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 30 servicemembers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. 

They died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed.

Among them was Colorado Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 5 David R. Carter, an instructor pilot and member of Detachment 1, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation (2-135th GSAB), 89th Troop Command, Colorado Army National Guard.

“This is a tragedy that affects the entire Colorado National Guard family,” said the Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards. “We mourn not only for Dave Carter, but for all these brave men and their families, whose grief is unimaginable. We’ll do everything we can to support the Carter family through their heartbreak.”

Company B is the Colorado Army National Guard’s heavy lift helicopter unit. The unit deployed in May and was tasked to transport troops and cargo throughout Afghanistan.

Afghanistan was Carter’s second combat deployment with the 2-135th GSAB. His previous deployment was to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Carter came to Colorado from the Kansas Army National Guard in May 1988. His military decorations include an Army Service Ribbon, two National Defense Service Medals, Master Army Aviation Badge, Army Achievement Medal, Army Aviation Badge, Senior Army Aviation Badge, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Iraqi Campaign Medal, two Air Medals, two Armed Forces Reserve Medals with "M" devices, Overseas Service Ribbon, six Army Component Achievement Medals, and several state decorations including the Long Service Medal, Foreign Deployment Service Medal, Active Service Medal, and an emergency service medal. He also received an emergency service medal from Louisiana.

Details regarding memorial services are unknown at this time.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy that contributions be made to a college fund established for Kyle and Kaitlen in memory of their father. Contributions can be made at any 1ST Bank location in the name of "Dave Carter Memorial Fund."

In respect of the family’s privacy during this difficult time, please direct all media inquiries to CONG Public Affairs at 720-250-1053, ngcopao@ng.army.mil.

In addition to Carter, the following Sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed: 

Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, La., 

Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, Calif.;

Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Ark.; 

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii;  

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Conn.; 

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minn.; 

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Mass.; 

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Mo.; 

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas; 

Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, W.Va.; 

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, La.; 

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Mich.; 

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, Calif.; 

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, N.C.; 

Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah; 

Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Neb.; 

Cryptologist Technician (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pa.; 

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa; 

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Fla.; and 

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah. 

The following Sailors assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed: 

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, Calif., and 

Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, of Saint Paul, Minn. 

Other Soldiers killed were:   

Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan.  He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation), New Century, Kan.; 

Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation), Grand Island, Neb.; 

Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash.  He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation), New Century, Kan.; and 

Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan.  He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation), New Century, Kan. 

The Airmen killed were: 

Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Fla.; 

Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif.; and 

Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pa. 

All three Airmen were assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C. 

For more information on Carter, media may contact the Colorado National Guard public affairs office at 720-250-1053, ngcopao@ng.army.mil

For more information about the Sailors, media may contact Lt. Arlo Abrahamson at 757-763-2007 or 757-620-3109. 

For more information on Nichols, Bennett and Duncan, media may contact the 11th Aviation Command public affairs office at 502-626-5746 or 502-851-3466. 

For more information on Hamburger, media may contact the Nebraska National Guard public affairs office at 402-309-7302 or 402-309-7303. 

For more information about the Airmen, media may contact the Air Force Special Operations Command public affairs office at 850-884-5515.

Link to DOD news release

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