Two helicopters were flying in a remote area of the 1.2 million-acre Yuma Training Range Complex as part of a training exercise, when they collided, killing 7 men aboard.
|Angels of God, pray for Tom|
He was a 1992 graduate of Montville High School. Thomas graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a degree in aerospace engineering in May 1996 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He was designated a naval aviator and an AH-1W pilot in 1999. Thomas Budrejko participated in Operation Rapid Cheetah in Kosovo in 2001, deployed to Kuwait in 2003, attended a weapons and tactics instructor course and immediately deployed again to support the operations in Iraq. He taught at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in 2005 and deployed again briefly.
He earned a master's degree in military studies from the USMC Command & Staff College, graduating with distinction. He reported to Camp Pendleton in 2009 and was deployed to Afghanistan.
Family members stated that Tommy was funny, successful, humble and kind. Others stated that Tommy wanted to be in the military since he was a boy and wanted to fly.
Thomas Budrejko is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his father, Donald; mother, Mary; 3 siblings; and his wife and son.
Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Thomas Budrejko is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen