A National Guardsman who died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan will be honored Wednesday afternoon with planeside services at Buckley Air Force Base. Then, on Friday, Chief Warrant Officer David Carter will be honored with a memorial service.
Carter is one of 30 Americans who died on August 6 when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed.
Carter’s body is being returned to the Army Aviation Support Facility at Buckley, where he worked prior to his deployment. As his casket is driven off the base, service members are expected to line the streets of in order to pay their last respects.
At 10:00 Friday morning, he will be honored during a memorial service at Easter Hills Community Church in Aurora. Following that service, he will be buried at approximately 2:00 p.m. at Grandview Cemetery in Fort Collins.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy that contributions be made to a college fund established for Kyle and Kaitlen in memory of their father. Contributions can be made at any 1ST Bank location in the name of "Dave Carter Memorial Fund."
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The Department of Defense has released a photograph of fallen serviceman Chief Warrant Officer Dave Carter, who lost his life when his helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on August 6.
The remains of 30 troops killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan arrived back in the U.S. Tuesday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Top civilian and uniformed leaders will attend along with some family members.
Carter served with the Army National Guard aviation unit at Buckley Air Force Base near Denver. He was co-pilot of the Chinook Helicopter when it was downed by insurgents.
"This is a tragedy that affects the entire Colorado National Guard family," Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards said. "We mourn not only for Dave Carter, but for all these brave men and their families, whose grief is unimaginable. We'll do everything we can to support the Carter family through this heartbreak."
Carter’s sister-in-law, Marie Krizanovic, says Dave had a gentle nature, a strong faith, and a love of flying. He leaves behind a wife, two children and his mother.
Carter's family requests that in lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy, contributions be made to a college fund established for Kyle and Kaitlen in memory of their father. Contributions can be made at any 1st Bank location in the name of "Dave Carter Memorial Fund."
The governor has announced he will order flags be lowered to half-staff on all public buildings statewide on the day of Carter’s funeral.
Obama honoring US forces killed in Afghan attack
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is privately honoring the U.S. forces killed in the costliest attack of the Afghanistan war.
The president is at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where fallen troops come home. His trip was unannounced in a measure of security.
A total of 30 Americans and eight Afghans were killed Saturday when their helicopter was shot down by a Taliban insurgent using a rocket-propelled grenade.
No media coverage of the proceedings was to be permitted, on order of the military.
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