Marines killed in Osprey crash were stationed in NC
Posted April 13, 2012
Jacksonville, N.C. — Two Marines who were killed Wednesday in the crash of a hybrid aircraft in Morocco were stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River, officials confirmed Friday.
Cpl. Robby A. Reyes and Cpl. Derek A. Kerns, both MV-22 Osprey crew chiefs with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 261, Marine Aircraft Group 26, died Wednesday when they crashed in a Royal Moroccan military training area southwest of Agadir, Morocco, while participating in bilateral Exercise African Lion.
Two other Marines who were severely injured in the crash are also stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River, officials confirmed. Their names have not been released.
“Being a Marine is inherently dangerous but this is a shock to all of us,” said Col. Frank Donovan, 24th MEU commanding officer, in a statement. “Our primary focus right now is making sure our Marines and their families are taken care of. We send our prayers and sincere condolences to the families of these Marines and mourn with them through this tragic event.”
Reyes joined the Marine Corps from Los Angeles, Calif., in December 2007 and was promoted to the rank of corporal in October 2010. His awards include the Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation and a certificate of appreciation.
Kerns joined the Marine Corps from Fort Dix, N.J., in September 2008 and was promoted to the rank of corporal in December 2010. His awards include the Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal and a certificate of appreciation.
Neither of the Marines had previously deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.