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Marines killed in Osprey crash were stationed in NC

Posted April 13, 2012

— 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.


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  • Fauxmittens Apr 17, 2012

    To hp277
    I think you made a typo with the CH-46's range. According to the sources you give, it is 633 miles. Still lower than a V-22, but not as bad as the 184 miles in your post.

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  • warbirdlover Apr 13, 2012

    It don't matter if NPR is liberal or not. They have some really good programs that make you think. I love Diane Rheems, Science Friday, The Political Junkie, Car Talk, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, The BBC News, The State Of Things, and my favorite, The Prairie Home Companion. Sometimes I wish I lived in Lake Wobegonn.

  • hardycitrus Apr 13, 2012

    The Osprey "replaced" the Pave Low? Well we used to SEE the Pave Lows flying around and even get a wave from the door gunner, and we sure don't see Ospreys the way we saw Pave Lows.

  • Worland Apr 13, 2012

    As much as people seem to hate the V-22, they seem to forget we've lost more than 500 troops in 100+ helicopter crashes in Iraq & Afghanistan.

    Since the invasion of Iraq, we've only lost two V-22 (including this one in Morocco) along with 6 troops. The only V-22 lost in combat was an Air Force CV-22 where the pilot flew into a berm... hardly the aircraft's fault.

  • aspenstreet1717 Apr 13, 2012

    RWS, the military industrial complex. You remember who warned us?

  • RWS Apr 13, 2012

    And the military (Marines) continue to support this aircraft. This just goes to show you how hard headed the Miliary is. If republican's are so much for the private sector "doing the right thing" then why don't they want the miliarty privatized?

  • hp277 Apr 13, 2012

    It's pretty obvious what the V-22 can do that the CH-46 can't - it is almost twice as fast and travels 6 time farther.

    V-22 Speed: 275 knots max, 241 cruise
    Range: 1,011 miles

    CH-46 Speed: 145 knots
    Range: 184 miles

    Despite the comments about it being a 'death trap', there have been just 2 crashes since 2000.

  • hardycitrus Apr 13, 2012

    >>>>>>I tried to listen to NPR on a long road trip last week. It is so biased I could not believe my ears.

    ".....the propaganda addict...see in everything its propaganda content and nothing else....Everything is for or against him. nothing is innocent, nothing is pleasurable, everything is connected with his diseased apprehension of power. Before he gets power, he hates the people who have power; he does not trust their intelligence...personalities...good will...or motives. They must be scum because....he the propaganda infatuated man...should hold it."

    -Psychological Warfare, Linebarger, 1948

  • warbirdlover Apr 13, 2012

    My problem is I'm an aviation geek. I love all flying machines from paper airplanes to spaceships. But my expertise is in the Golden Era of aviation and WWII aircraft.