Naval Special Warfare Commemorates Anniversary of Operation Red Wings


Story Number: NNS130628-18Release Date: 6/28/2013 4:26:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Coover

CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command remembered the 11 Navy SEALs and eight Army Soldiers killed in Operation Red Wings in a ceremony June 28 at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado that commemorated the eighth anniversary of the mission.

Rear Adm. Brian L. Losey, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, was the speaker for the ceremony.

"The Naval Special Warfare community will forever remember 28 June, 2005, and the heroic efforts and sacrifice of our special operators on the front lines on the global war on terror," Losey said.

On that day, three SEALs from a four-man team were killed while conducting a reconnaissance mission in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan. A helicopter sent in to the area to assist the SEALs was also shot down, killing all 16 men aboard.

Losey said 66 operators and combat support personnel from Naval Special Warfare have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2011.

"They are our teammates, our heroes, our legacy," Losey said. "We will remember them well and always."

Jacob Healy was 15 when his father, Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SEAL) Daniel R. Healy was killed.

"They set the ultimate example," Healy said of his father and the other men killed in the operation. "They sacrificed their lives so we could live ours."

Killed in Operation Red Wings were:
Sonar Technician (Surface) 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew G. Axelson
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny P. Dietz
Chief Fire Controlman (SEAL) Jacques J. Fontan
Staff Sgt. Shamus O. Goare
Chief Warrant Officer Corey J. Goodnature
Senior Chief Information Systems Technician (SEAL) Daniel R. Healy
Sgt. Kip A. Jacoby
Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen (SEAL)
Electronics Technician 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffery A. Lucas
Lt. Michael M. McGreevy Jr. (SEAL)
Sgt. 1st Class Marcus V. Muralles
Lt. Michael P. Murphy (SEAL)
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Eric S. Patton
Master Sgt. James W. Ponder III
Maj. Stephen C. Reich
Sgt. 1st Class Michael L. Russell
Chief Warrant Officer Chris J. Scherkenbach
Quartermaster 2nd Class (SEAL) James Suh
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SEAL) Jeffery S. Taylor

For more news from Naval Special Warfare, visit www.navy.mil/local/nsw/.

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Force Master Chief (SEAL) Stephen Link places a wreath near the entrance to Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command to honor the service members killed in Operation Red Wings.
130628-N-UH236-053 CORONADO (June 28, 2013) Force Master Chief (SEAL) Stephen Link places a wreath near the entrance to Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command to honor the service members killed in Operation Red Wings during a ceremony commemorating the eighth anniversary of the mission. The operation claimed the lives of 11 SEALs and eight Soldiers assigned to the Night Stalkers of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment on June 28, 2005. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paul Coover/Released)
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