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Pope AFB Sergeant Killed In Afghanistan On Monday

Posted March 5, 2002

— Pentagon officials say a Pope Air Force Base sergeant was one of seven military men killed in Afghanistan Monday.

The remains of Technical Sergeant John Chapman of Waco, Texas, and those of the others killed when al-Qaida and Taliban fighters fired on U.S. helicopters were brought to Ramstein, Germany. Their final destination is the U.S.

Chapman had been in the Air Force for 16 years. He was involved in his second assignment at Pope Air Force Base.

The 36-year-old Special Operations airman was a combat controller. Combat controllers specialize in setting up landings and drop zones and organizing airstrikes by providing information to aircraft overhead. He was a member of the 24th Special Tactics Squadron.

Chapman is survived by his wife and two children. A memorial service has been scheduled for Friday at Pope Air Force Base. His family has asked that it be closed to the public.

Fort Bragg officials say six other soldiers were also killed during Operation Anaconda Monday.

They are:

  • Spc. Marc A. Anderson, 30, Brandon, Fla. (

    1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

    )

  • Pfc. Matthew A. Commons, 21, Boulder City, Nev. (

    1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

    )

  • Sgt. Bradley S. Crose, 27, Orange Park, Fla. (

    1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

    )

  • Sgt. Philip J. Svitak, 31, Joplin Mo. (

    2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky

    )

  • Aviation Boatswain's Mate-Handling Petty Officer 1st Class Neil C. Roberts, 32, of Woodland, Calif.
  • Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham, 26, of Camarillo, Calif.
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