Coast Guard to hold remembrance ceremony and memorial dedication at Air Station Sacramento

Coast Guard Headquarters News Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento will hold a remembrance service and memorial dedication ceremony honoring the crew of CG Rescue 1705 and USCM Vengeance 38 on October 29, 2011.

ON the evening of October 29, 2009, CG Rescue 1705, an HC-130H aircraft was conducting a search and rescue mission near San Clemente Island off the California coast when they were involved in a mid-air collision with a U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W Cobra Helicopter. That night, Lietuenant Commander Che Barnes, Lieutenant Adam Bryant, chief Petty Officer John Seidman, Petty Officer Carl Grigonis, Petty Officer Monica Beacham, Petty Officer Jason Moletzsky, and Petty Officer Danny Kreder lost their lives. In addition to these seven Coast Guardsman, Major Samuel Leigh and FIrst Lieutenant Thomas Claiborne of the Unites States Marine Corps were also lost.

Members of the Coast Guard family have worked tirelessly to estalish a fitting memorial. On October 29, Air Station Sacramento will unveil and dedicate this memorial: a monument that is both grand in size and purpose. This memorial will serve as an inspirational symol of the dedication and sacrifice to all who follow in service.

The ceremony will not be open to the public, however, Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento welcomes all Coast Guard members and their guests to attend the ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on October 29. Seating will be limited for the dedication, but there will be plenty of standing room available. For RSVP and proper uniform, Coast Guard members should view ALCOAST 485/11.

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