Update 1 – Loss of Coast Guard Aircraft 6017

I want to update the Coast Guard family on the status of the crew of CG6017. I am deeply saddened to inform you that the three fatalities in yesterday’s mishap are LT Sean Krueger, AMT1 Adam Hoke, and AMT2 Brett Banks. The fourth air crewmember, LT Lance Leone, survived the crash and is currently recovering from injuries.

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Admiral Robert J. Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Posted from ADM Papp’s All Hands e-mail of 7/7/2010:

Shipmates,

I want to update the Coast Guard family on the status of the crew of CG6017. I am deeply saddened to inform you that the three fatalities in yesterday’s mishap are LT Sean Krueger, AMT1 Adam Hoke, and AMT2 Brett Banks. The fourth air crewmember, LT Lance Leone, survived the crash and is currently recovering from injuries. The combined efforts of all those who reached out and responded, have provided some small measure of comfort for the families of the deceased and injured crew members and their command. In times like these, our Service has always been able to count on each other for support. It’s part of the manners of our profession.

LT Krueger, AMT1 Hoke and AMT2 Banks collectively leave careers which serve as examples of our Service’s core values and underscore what America expects from its Coast Guard. Their sacrifice reflects our country’s best values and principles.

Further, I am deeply concerned with the number of serious aviation mishaps that have occurred in the past 22 months. I am addressing this separately and will update you in the future. For now, we should and must focus our attention on caring for and supporting our Shipmates and their families.

Our Service conducts hazardous missions every day both on and above the water, and ashore. The loss of these three exceptional Coast Guardsmen reinforces that fact. I ask that you remember this crew’s sacrifice and honor their lives.

Information regarding memorial services will be passed when the details are available.

Semper Paratus,

Admiral Bob Papp
Commandant

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