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    Pilot of downed F/A-18C Hornet identified



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    III Marine Expeditionary Force   

    MARINE CORPS CAMP FOSTER, OKINAWA, Japan - Captain Reid B. Nannen, 32, of Hopedale, Ill., assigned to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF, died March 1 from injuries resulting from an F/A-18C Hornet crash on the Fallon Range Training Complex, approximately 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev.

    Captain Nannen, who was permanently stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan since Aug. 3, 2012, was on temporary duty to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nev., as a TopGun student.

    "Captain Nannen was a fighter pilot through and through. He embodied all the qualities of the heroic aviators of old and was the leader of the current generation. His love of flying was surpassed only by his love of family and there was no better husband, father, or friend," said Lieutenant Colonel Bruce Gordon, commanding officer of VMFA(AW)-242.

    "Captain Nannen was a fine officer and will be truly missed by everyone here in the Air Group. We honor his service and his contribution to the Marine Corps and our nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends," said Colonel Hunter Hobson, commanding officer of Marine Aircraft Group 12.

    Captain Nannen was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps on May 25, 2004. He deployed to Afghanistan from May to December 2010 with VMFA-232 and October 2011 to May 2012 with 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

    His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Air Medal-Strike/Flight numeral four, and the National Defense Service Medal.

    Nannen is survived by his wife, Sarah Nannen, and their four children, as well as his parents, Dale and Mary Nannen.

    The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.



    Date Taken: 03.08.2014
    Date Posted: 03.08.2014 20:44
    Story ID: 121729
    Location: CAMP FOSTER, AICHI, JP
    Hometown: HOPEDALE, IL, US

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