MIL Little Bird down in Iraq

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  1. RRTX

    RRTX New Member

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    RIP Night Stalkers :wtc:
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    Burton564, did you know either of these gentlemen?

    http://news.soc.mil/releases/06 MAY/060517-01.html
    PRESS RELEASE: Two Night Stalkers killed in Iraq

    U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 17, 2006) — Two aviators from the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) died May 14, 2006, when their AH-6M Little Bird helicopter was shot down by enemy fire during combat operations in Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, Iraq.

    The Solders were Chief Warrant Officer Jamie D. Week and Maj. Matthew W. Worrell, both of 1st Battalion, 160th SOAR(A), Fort Campbell, Ky.

    CWO Weeks

    Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jamie Dunbar Weeks died May 14, 2006, when his AH-6M Little Bird helicopter was shot down by enemy fire during combat operations in Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, Iraq.

    He was born March 13, 1959 and attended high school in Daleville, Ala. He completed his Associates Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2005 .

    CW0 Weeks entered the army in 1980 and served 38 months as an Air Traffic Controller before attending Warrant Office Candidate School in 1983. He completed flight training as an AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot in October 1983. His first assignment was with 9th Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as an AH-1 Pilot. In 1986, he was assigned to Camp Stanley, Korea, serving once again as an AH-1 Pilot. Upon leaving Korea, Weeks was asigned to Fort Campbell, Ky., to 1st Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment. While there he deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 as an AH-64 Instructor Pilot. In 1993, he assessed with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). Upon completion of Green Platoon, he was assigned as an A/MH-6 Little Bird Instructor Pilot. While assigned to the 160th, CW5 Weeks deployed to Haiti in 1994 in support of Operation Restore Democracy. His assignments in the 160th included Instructor Pilot, Instructor Flight Engineer, Company Safety Officer and Standardization Instructor Pilot. Since 2001 he has deployed on multiple rotations in support of both Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

    His schools include the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape course, Air Assault school, Rotary Wing Instructor Flight Examiner course, Warrant Officer Senior Staff course, Joint Firepower Controller course, Aviation Safety Officer course, and Aviation Life Support Specialist course.

    His awards and decorations include two Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Medal for valor, three Army Commendation Medal the Army Achievement Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award (1OLC), the Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. Weeks is also authorized to wear the Master Aviator Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

    CWO Weeks is survived by his wife, Robin of Adams, Tenn., and four daughters, Lauren, Courtney, Lindsey, and Emily.

    MAJ Worrell

    Major Matthew Wade Worrell died May 14, 2006, when his AH-6M Little Bird helicopter was shot down by enemy fire during combat operations in Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, Iraq.

    He was born April 4, 1972 and attended high school in Lewisville, Texas.

    He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree and received his commission in 1995 as a Second Lieutenant. In 1996 he attended the Aviation Officer Basic Course and Initial Entry Rotary Wing training.

    After receiving an OH-58D Aviator Qualification in 1997, he was ordered to Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as an Assistant S-3 in Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment. Later in his tour with the 7th, he served as a Platoon Leader attached to Task Force Eagle (SFOR 5) and deployed to Bosnia.

    Returning from Bosnia in 1999, he attended the Military Intelligence Captain’s Career Course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., followed by the Combined Arms Services Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. After this schooling in 2001, he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., where he served as the commander for A Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment. He assessed for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) in 2003 and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 160th SOAR(A) where he served as a Flight Operations Officer and later as a Platoon Leader in B Company, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne).

    MAJ Worrell’s schools include the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape course, Airborne school, and Air Assault school.

    His awards and decorations include two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal for valor, three Air Medals, the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal. He is also authorized to wear the Senior Aviator Badge, the Airborne Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

    Major Worrell is survived by his wife, Camille of Clarksville, Tenn., and two children, Jake and Luke.
     
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    Heard about it last Monday then the saw the official release a few days later. I'm sure they died doing what they loved though. RIP Chief Warrant Officer Jamie D. Week and Maj. Matthew W. Worrell

    In other SOF related news a we lost an SF soldier on the 19th. He just graduated back in Febuary and deployed to Afghanistan in March I believe with 3/7th Grp. He was killed and 6 others wounded. I didn't recognize the name but I recognized the picture when I saw it. Alot of guys I know went through the 18B course with him. RIP SSG Christian Longsworth.

     
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