Updated with links to webcasts of the memorial service for public viewing.
Moments ago, the Coast Guard announced that a memorial service will be held next Tuesday for the fallen Coast Guardsmen of CG 6017 which crashed off the coast of Washington state earlier this week. The service will be held in Sitka, Alaska, where LT Sean Krueger, AMT1 Adam Hoke and AMT2 Brett Banks served as members of Air Station Sitka.
This week has been one of tragedy and resilience for the U.S. Coast Guard. Even as the Service mourned the loss of three of the four crew members from CG 6017, Coast Guard aviators were in the air searching for survivors of the collision between a duck boat and barge on the Delaware River.
Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard has ordered a safety stand down of all Coast Guard Air Stations and promised to look into conditions of the Service’s aging aircraft to ensure the safety of our pilots and their crews.
“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.” – ADM Bob Papp.
(Click here to read the rest of ADM Papp’s message.)
Since the crash, the outpouring of support from fellow Coast Guardsmen, the naval and aviation communities, and the public at large for the families and shipmates of our fallen Coast Guardsmen and surviving crew member LT Lance Leone has been impressive. To those of you who have left comments here on Coast Guard Compass, paid tribute to the crew online with the CG 6017 tribute graphic, and those who have prayed for our Coast Guardsmen and their families, we thank you.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to the families of the fallen Coast Guard aircrew can do so with the Coast Guard Foundation online at coastguardfoundation.org, by phone at 860-535-0786 or by contacting Lt. Brooks Crawford at 907-966-5405.
The memorial service our fallen Coast Guardsmen will be webcast live beginning at approximately 2 p.m. (Alaska)/ 3 p.m. (Pacific)/ 6 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday and will be viewable by the public. We will release more information on the webcast on Monday.
Once again, we thank you on behalf of the Coast Guard for your support as we mourn our fallen and prepare to honor their memories by carrying on with the mission.
UPDATE: While the Coast Guard will be providing a means for on-duty service members to view the memorial service, we are releasing the following web links for viewing by the public. The CG 6017 Memorial Service will be webcast for the public here and/or here and will begin at approximately 2 p.m. (Alaska)/ 3 p.m. (Pacific)/ 6 p.m. (Eastern) tomorrow afternoon.