March 23, 2018

Seven United States Airmen killed in Iraq - March 15, 2018

A terrible tragedy occurred in Iraq in the evening hours of March 15, 2018.

Seven United States airmen died when their helicopter crashed near the city of Al-Qa’im in western Iraq.

The men were serving in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, which is the U.S. Military operation against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Tragically deceased are:

Captain Mark K. Weber, age 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Captain Andreas B. O'Keeffe, age 37, of Center Moriches, New York.
Captain Christopher T. Zanetis, age 37, of Long Island City, New York.
Master Sergeant Christopher J. Raguso, age 39, of Commack, New York.
Staff Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, age 30, of Port Jefferson Station, New York.
Master Sergeant William R. Posch, age 36, of Indialantic, Florida.
Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis, age 31, of Tallahassee, Florida.

Left to Right:
Top Row: Captain Andreas B. O'Keeffe, Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis
Mid Row: Captain Mark K. Weber, Staff Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, Master Sergeant Christopher J. Raguso
Bottom Row: Master Sergeant William R. Posch, Captain Christopher T. Zanetis

Oceans of tears have been shed, and will continue to be shed, for these men.

Thank you for your service to your country, Gentlemen.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die in a foreign country, far from their loved ones. 

Angels of God, pray for Andreas, Carl, Mark, Dashan,
Christopher R., Christopher Z. and William. Pray for
those who have lost them.

Pray for all who die suddenly. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that each of these men is in Heaven. Pray that each is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray, without ceasing, unto God for an end to all war. It is enough.

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