Funeral for Coast Guard Petty Officer Killed in Sitka Crash to be held in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska. – A funeral is scheduled for Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Brett Banks at the National Cemetery on Fort Richardson at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Banks was killed when the Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, CG-6017, transiting from Air Station Astoria, Ore., to Sitka went down in the waters off La Push, Wash., July 7, 2010.

Petty Officer Banks, 33, of Rock Spring, Wyo., served as a Aviation Maintenance Technician. Banks was married with two children.

His awards/accolades include: three Coast Guard Unit Commendation Awards, three Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations, two Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendations, Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation, Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon, three Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, Transportation 9-11 Ribbon, Global War Terror Service Medal, Coast Guard Rifle Marksman Ribbon, Coast Guard Pistol Marksman Ribbon. He has served in the Coast Guard for more than nine years.

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