Thank you for as­sis­tance after tragedy

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

On be­half of the sol­diers and civil­ians of the 12th Avi­a­tion Bat­tal­ion, please ac­cept our sin­cere grat­i­tude for your help and sup­port dur­ing what we have deemed as our dark­est hour. As you know, one of our heli­copters ex­pe­ri­enced a tragic mishap on Mon­day, April 17, and was forced to ex­e­cute an abrupt land­ing at the Bre­ton Bay Golf and Country Club in Leonard­town. As a re­sult of this in­ci­dent, we lost a dear friend and team mem­ber, Spe­cial­ist Jeremy Tom­lin. How­ever, for­tu­nately due to fast re­sponse and self­less re­ac­tion of lo­cal res­i­dents, first re­spon­ders and other res­cue pro­fes­sion­als, the re­main­ing crew mem­bers sur vived what could have been a com­plete and cat­a­strophic loss of the en­tire crew.

We are grate­ful for the out­pour­ing of sup­port from the com­mu­nity, the Bre­ton Bay Golf and Country Club owner and staff, and all of the lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions that came to­gether through­out the en­tire week to help us cope with this disas­ter, share in our griev­ing and as­sist the re­cov­ery ef­forts of the dam­aged air­frame. Please know that the sol­diers and civil­ians that serve within the Wings of Free­dom Bat­tal­ion greatly ap­pre­ci­ate each and ev­ery one of you. You all make us very proud to wear the uni­form of an Amer­i­can sol­dier, and you all give us faith and con­fi­dence in the spirit of Amer­i­cans to come to­gether to face any chal­lenge. Please con­sider your­self an hon­orary mem­ber of our unit as you will al­ways have our deep­est ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Spe­cial­ist Jeremy Tom­lin will for­ever be sorely missed, but he will never be for­got­ten. Again, we ex­tend our deep­est thanks to you.

Com­mand Sgt. Maj. Robert L. Hill

Lt. Col. Ed­ward Mey­ers, Fort Belvoir, Va.

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