U.S. Ma­rine pilot from Mi­ra­mar dies in jet col­li­sion

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - LOCAL - By Wayne K. Rous­tan

A 28-year-old Mi­ra­mar man has been iden­ti­fied as one of the U.S. Marines killed in a col­li­sion be­tween a F/A-18 Hor­net fighter jet and a KC-130 re­fu­el­ing plane off the coast of Ja­pan.

The Ma­rine Corps said Capt. Jah­mar Re­si­lard was pro­nounced dead af­ter his body was found dur­ing search and res­cue op­er­a­tions off the coast of Kochi, Ja­pan, Thurs­day.

Re­si­lard is one of two Marines found af­ter the crash that hap­pened around 2 a.m. in Ja­pan, the Marines said in a state­ment. The other Ma­rine sur­vived and was listed in sta­ble con­di­tion.

Five other Marines in the re­fu­el­ing plane in­volved in the mishap are still miss­ing.

Re­si­lard, served as an F/A-18 pilot sta­tioned on Ma­rine Corps Air Sta­tion Iwakuni in Ya­m­aguchi, Ja­pan.

“[We] are deeply sad­dened by the loss of Capt. Jah­mar Re­si­lard. He was an ef­fec­tive and ded­i­cated leader who cared for his Marines and fel­low fighter pi­lots with pas­sion. His warm and charis­matic na­ture bound us to­gether and we will miss him ter­ri­bly,” Lt. Col. James Compton, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of Ma­rine All Weather Fighter At­tack Squadron 242, said in a state­ment.

“We honor his ser­vice and his con­tri­bu­tion to the Ma­rine Corps and our great na­tion. Our thoughts and prayers are with his fam­ily and friends,” he said.

Re­si­lard’s per­sonal dec­o­ra­tions in­clude the Navy and Ma­rine Corps Achieve­ment Medal, Global War on Ter­ror-

ism Ser­vice Medal, and Na­tional De­fense Ser­vice Medal.

The cir­cum­stances of the air­craft mishap are cur­rently un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the Marines said.

Gover­nor Rick Scott is­sued a state­ment, Fri­day, say­ing he would or­der the low­er­ing of flags in com­ing days.

“Ann and I are heart­bro­ken to learn of the death of Florid­ian and U.S. Ma­rine Corps Capt. Jah­mar Re­si­lard,” Scott’s state­ment read. “Capt. Re­si­lard de­fended the free­dom and democ­racy of not only the United States but of fam­i­lies in nations across the globe. The loss of Capt. Re­si­lard is a somber re­minder of the dan­ger our ser­vice­men and women both home and abroad place them­selves in ev­ery day to keep us safe.

“The en­tire State of Florida joins Capt. Re­si­lard’s fam­ily in hon­or­ing his brav­ery and legacy of ser­vice. While we mourn this tragic loss, I en­cour­age ev­ery Florida fam­ily to join us this hol­i­day sea­son in pray­ing for peace for the fam­i­lies of Capt. Re­si­lard and the many other coura­geous mil­i­tary mem­bers who have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in ser­vice to our na­tion and free­doms,” the state­ment read.

Re­si­lard

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