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Academy graduate dies from wounds following Pave Hawk crash

Posted 7/6/2010   Updated 7/6/2010 Email story   Print story


7/6/2010 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- An Air Force Academy graduate died July 2, following injuries received from an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter that crashed in southeastern Afghanistan June 9.

Capt. David Wisniewski, 31, was an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter pilot assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, and deployed to Afghanistan.
Captain Wisniewski passed away at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., July 2 from injuries received during the incident. Four other Airmen were killed and two were wounded in the crash. The Airmen were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and responsible for casualty evacuation.

Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and raised Moville, Iowa, Captain Wisniewski attended Woodbury Central High School before attending the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.

During his eight-year career, Captain Wisniewski had logged more than 1,500 flight hours, flown 289 combat hours and is credited with saving numerous lives, including several during his most recent deployment to Afghanistan.

"In one day, Dave was key in saving 40 people during the largest single mass casualty mission in Regional Command South," said Lt. Col. Thomas Dorl, commander of the 66th RQS. "This was no small feat as he braved enemy action and flew into a hot landing zone three times to save people."

Captain Wisniewski is the 13th Air Force Academy graduate killed while supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. His awards and decorations include a Purple Heart, three Air Medals and two Air Force Commendation Medals.

A memorial service will be held at Nellis Air Force Base in honor of Captain Wisniewski at a date to be determined, and he will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

The two injured Airmen from the helicopter mission, both from Nellis AFB, are Capt. Anthony Simone, a helicopter pilot assigned to the 66th RQS and Tech. Sgt. Christopher Aguilera, an aerial gunner assigned to the 66th RQS. Both Airmen are recovering at Brooks Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

7/7/2010 9:38:07 PM ET
His heroic actions obviously dictate advanced medals for bravery.
Robert Felts, Elk Grove CA
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