>Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crew conducts memorial overflight in Sitka


A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew from Air Station Kodiak standing by for aircrews in Sitka conducted a memorial overflight Saturday, July 10, 2010. 

“My crew flew the ensigns in Sitka in memory of the three fallen crewmembers of the CG6017 on this day,” said Lt. Cmdr. Craig Neubecker, MH-60 Jayhawk pilot Air Station Kodiak.

The crew hopes to repeat the overflight at the memorial for the aircrew of the Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, tail number 6017, that crashed Wednesday near La Push, Wash., killing three.

They also intend to circulate the Coast Guard ensigns to all Coast Guard air stations to be flown before they are presented to the families of the fallen aviators. 

The memorial is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13, 2010, in Sitka at 2 p.m.

The Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Robert J. Papp, will attend from Washington, D.C., as will Vice Adm. Manson Brown, the commander of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area, headquartered in Alameda, Calif., Rear Adm. Gary T. Blore, the commander of the 13th Coast Guard District and Rear Adm. Christopher Colvin, the commander of the 17th Coast Guard District.

The ceremony will be open to the public.  Additionally, the ceremony will be available via webcast.  A web address will be provided separately before the ceremony begins.

Anyone who would like to make a donation to the families of the fallen Coast Guard aircrew can do so with the Coast Guard Foundation at CoastGuardFoundation.org, or by calling 860-535-0786 or Lt. Brooks Crawford at 907-966-5405. 

Peace and best wishes to those lost and their families from the Coast Guard family.

All photos taken by Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class Jeff Solomon.

D17 Public Affairs 

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