May 2, 2013

MC-12 Liberty Down in Afghanistan

It is very humbling for me to write an article about this event because it involves the loss of four brave Patriots. I do not want the importance of their mission to go unrecognized by the American people in general; becoming just another prime-time news blurb or NATO press release from Afghanistan. So here are the early facts and some secondary reporting I found posted around the internet.

On Sunday, the Department of Defense first reported that a small MC-12 aircraft crashed near Kandahar Airfield on Saturday, April 27. Initial reports by NATO officials indicated no enemy activity in the area at the time and that ISAF/coalition personnel secured the site and the cause of the crash was being investigated.

However, Mohammad Jan Rasoulyar, Deputy Governor of the southern province of Zabul, said an aircraft belonging to foreign forces crashed Saturday afternoon in Shah Joy district. He said the site had been surrounded by international forces. The province’s police chief added that bad weather caused the crash in the district of Shahjoi.

Zabul Province, Afghanistan

Zabul Province, Afghanistan


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is poised to publish the first book detailing experiences of Marine special operators in Afghanistan. And unlike career writers who drop into an outpost for a quick embed, Golembesky was there, as a member of Marine Special Operations Team 8222 during one of its hardest deployments. He plans to tell the team’s story through the words of the operators on the ground. The working title is “Level Zero Heroes.”

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  • Liberty Flyer

    RIP brothers. Dickson and Fannin were two stand-up guys I was lucky enough to serve with in Afghanistan. You will be dearly missed.

  • dm8471

    TheDriza That's pretty badass!

  • Eric Pope

    Liberty is definitely an impressive platform. Having worked with them in Afghanistan almost on a daily basis, I can assure the readers in general that the loss of one airframe is a substantial loss to our ground brethren. RIP brothers...

  • Michael Golembesky

    Minou_Demimonde Michael Golembesky Billy the Shit fat fingers, *stool. Photo to follow.

  • SEAN SPOONTS

    Military aviation is dangerous all the time in peace and in war.  This loss is a stark reminder of the risks these air crews take.  And they volunteer to do it.  God bless them and the United State Air Force.