Coast Guard Releases Information and Photographs of Missing Aircrew

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento has released photos and background information on the missing C-130 airplane crew that is the subject of a joint agency search operation off the coast of San Clemente Island, Calif.

The search for the missing crew has saturated an area totaling more than 644 square-miles and has included surface and air assets from the Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps and Customs and Border Protection.

The missing crew members from the C-130 are:

1barnesLt. Cmdr. Che J. Barnes, age 35, Capay, Calif., Aircraft Commander.
Job Description: Flight Safety Officer, C-130 Aircraft Commander, and Operations Duty Officer (ODO)
Age: 35
Hometown: Capay, Calif.
Gender: Male
Relationship: Single
Awards/Accolades include: 2009 CDR Elmer F. Stone Awardee, Coast Guard (CG) Commendation Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, three CG Achievement Medals, six Meritorious Unit Commendations, CG Meritorious Team Commendation, two Commandant’s Letter of Commendations, CG E Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, two CG Special Operations Ribbons, CG Presidential Unit Citation, Dept. of Transportation (DOT) 9-11 Ribbon.

1bryantLt. Adam W. Bryant, age 28, Crewe, Va., Co-Pilot.
Job Description: C-130 Pilot, Public Affairs Officer and ODO
Age: 28
Hometown: Crewe, Va.
Gender: Male
Relationship: Single
Awards/Accolades include: Armed Forces Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, CG Presidential Unit Citation, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, CG E Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, CG Special Operations Service Ribbon, CG Presidential Unit Citation, DOT 9-11 Ribbon.

1seidmanChief Petty Officer John F. Seidman, age 43, Stockton, Calif., Flight Engineer.
Job Description: Aviation Maintenance Technician, Shop Chief of Engine/Prop Shop, Qualified C-130 Flight Engineer, and ODO
Age: 43
Hometown: Stockton, Calif.
Gender: Male
Relationship: Married, no children
Awards/Accolades include: CG Commendation Medal, Global War On Terror Service Medal, Achievement Medal, six CG Unit Commendations, four CG Meritorious Unit Commendations, Bicentennial Unit Commendation, CG Rifle Marksman Ribbon, two CG Meritorious Team Commendations, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, five CG Special Operations Service Ribbons, CG Presidential Unit Citation, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, two National Defense Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, CG Special Operations Service Ribbon, CG Presidential Unit Citation, DOT 9-11 Ribbon, seven Good Conduct Medals, and a DOT Outstanding Unit Award.

grigonisPetty Officer 2nd Class Carl P. Grigonis, age 35, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, Navigator.
Job Description: Aviation Electronics Technician, Qualified C-130 Flight Navigator
Age: 35
Hometown: Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Gender: Male
Relationship: Married, with children
Awards/Accolades include: Global War On Terror Service Medal, Achievement Medal, two CG Unit Commendations, two CG Meritorious Unit Commendations, CG Pistol Marksman Ribbon, CG Meritorious Team Commendations, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, National Defense Service Medals, CG Special Operations Service Ribbon, CG Presidential Unit Citation, DOT 9-11 Ribbon, three Good Conduct Medals.

beachamPetty Officer 2nd Class Monica L. Beacham, age 29, Decaturville, Tenn., Radio Operator.
Job Description: Aviation Electronics Technician, Qualified C-130 Radioman, Navigator Trainee
Age: 29
Hometown: Decaturville, Tenn.
Gender: Female
Relationship: Married, with children
Awards/Accolades include: Global War Terror Service Medal, two CG Unit Commendations, two CG Meritorious Unit Commendations, two CG Meritorious Team Commendations, National Defense Service Medal, two Humanitarian Service Medals, CG Presidential Unit Citation, two CG Good Conduct Medals, and DOT 9-11 Ribbon.

1moletzskyPetty Officer 2nd Class Jason S. Moletzsky, age 26, Norristown, Pa., Air Crew.
Job Description: Aviation Maintenance Technician, Basic C-130 Air Crew.
Age: 26
Hometown: Norristown, Pa.
Gender: Male
Relationship: Single
Awards/Accolades include: Global War on Terror Service Medal, CG Achievement Medal, CG Meritorious Unit Commendation, CG Rifle Marksman Ribbon, CG Pistol Marksman Ribbon, CG Meritorious Team Commendation, two Commandant’s Letter of Commendations, National Defense Service Medal, two CG Special Operations Service Ribbons, CG Presidential Unit Citation, two CG Good Conduct Medals.

1krederPetty Officer 3rd Class Danny R. Kreder II, age 22, Elm Mott, Texas, Drop Master.
Job Description: Aviation Maintenance Technician, Dropmaster, Sensor System Operator
Age: 22
Hometown: Elm Mott, Texas
Gender: Male
Relationship: Married, no children
Awards/Accolades include: Cutterman Insignia, CG Unit Commendation Award, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, CG Presidential Unit Citation, CG Sea Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal.

All are stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, Calif., where their aircraft was based.

The search for the crew, as well as the two U.S. Marine Corps aircrew, has been ongoing since shortly after the suspected mid-air collision between the Coast Guard C-130 airplane and the Marine Corps AH-W1 helicopter.

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6 Comments

  1. Charlie White, SO-PS says:

    Our hearts,love and hope always goes out to the families of these fine US Coast Guard Service Folks.
    Regards,
    US Coast Guard Auxiliarist from NW Florida

  2. Henry says:

    I pray that you’re floating on a wing somewhere and are found, you have served your country proud and are in our hearts and thoughts. Our Coast Guard family is hurting without you around, and will think of you always. You were and will always remain our heroes in the sky looking out for us from up above…..Thank you

  3. TOM AND PAM DEWOLF says:

    OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILIES OF THE FALLEN COASTGUARDSMEN AND WOMAN. WE HAVE A SON IN LAW AND DAUGHTER IN KODIAK. GARY IS A HH-60 PILOT AND TIFFANI IS A STAY AT HOME MOM. WE ARE VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THE SERVICE AND MANY TIMES THAT THE CG PERSONEL PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE TO SAVE OTHERS.

    SINCERELY TOM ( SFC ARMY RETIRED) AND PAM

  4. Michael Todd, BMC USCG, Retired says:

    To our courageous fallen rescue crew, a well-oiled team that always went out, never hesitated and never said no, and dedicated to the very end. My thoughts and memories of this crew will stay with me untill I breathe no more. My prayers and deepest sympathy are with the families and friends; and all Coast Guard members who came before me and all who will come after me. Please keep their memories alive through your dedicated actions and words. Thank you for your outstanding service to our country and your ultimate sacrifice.

    Sincerely Mike (BMC USCG Retired) and Laura

  5. Mike Sutton DCC USCG Ret. says:

    My prayers are with the families… I thank you for their service, I will not forget them..

    mike sutton

  6. Joseph Bielski says:

    My prays go out to all the families of these brave heros.
    You all gave the ultimate sacrifice to save others.
    All of you will never be forgotton.

    Joseph Bielski (AMC Retired) Elizabeth City N.C.