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in Iraq and Afghanistan as of Febuary 22, 2007.

May their memory remain with us forever. May you rest in peace and remain in our hearts always

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Service personnel from West Virginia killed in Afghanistan .

Please visit this web site for a listing of all Allied Personnel killed in Afghanistan: http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2004/oef.casualties/page6.html This web site is up to date.

Staff Sgt. Anissa A. Shero 31 15th Special Operations Squadron, 16th Special Operations Wing Grafton, West Virginia Killed when an Air Force MC-130H Combat Talon II transport plane crashed on takeoff in eastern Afghanistan on June 12, 2002

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey S. Taylor 30 SEAL Team 10, Naval Special Warfare Group Two Midway, West Virginia One of 16 U.S. troops killed when a MH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down while trying to reinforce a four-man SEAL reconnaissance team near Asadabad, Afghanistan, in Kunar Province on June 28, 2005

Lance Cpl. Juston T. Thacker 21 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division Bluefield, West Virginia Died from hostile fire near Bari Khout in Afghanistan's Kunar Province, which borders Pakistan, on June 24, 2004


Sgt. Gene Vance Jr. 38 Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), West Virginia Army National Guard Morgantown, West Virginia Killed when his unit came under heavy fire during a patrol in eastern Afghanistan on May 19, 2002

Staff Sgt. Robert F. White 34 Company A, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division Cross Lanes, West Virgina Killed when his mounted patrol was engaged by enemy forces using small arms fire west of Kandahar, Afghanistan on September 26, 2005.


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MC-130E/H Combat Talon I/II


Staff Sgt. Anissa A. Shero 31 15th Special Operations Squadron, 16th Special Operations Wing Grafton, West Virginia Killed when an Air Force MC-130H Combat Talon II transport plane crashed on takeoff in eastern Afghanistan on June 12, 2002



The mission of the MC-130E Combat Talon I and MC-130H Combat Talon II is to provide global, day, night and adverse weather capability to airdrop and airland personnel and equipment in support of U.S. and allied special operations forces. The MC-130E also has a deep penetrating helicopter refueling role during special operations missions.



These aircraft are equipped with in-flight refueling equipment, terrain-following, terrain-avoidance radar, an inertial and global positioning satellite navigation system, and a high-speed aerial delivery system.

The special navigation and aerial delivery systems are used to locate small drop zones and deliver people or equipment with greater accuracy and at higher speeds than possible with a standard C-130. The aircraft is able to penetrate hostile airspace at low altitudes and crews are specially trained in night and adverse weather operations.

Nine of the MC-130E's are equipped with surface-to-air Fulton air recovery system, a safe, rapid method of recovering personnel or equipment from either land or water. It involves use of a large, helium-filled balloon used to raise a 450-foot (136.5 meters) nylon lift line. The MC-130E flies towards the lift line at 150 miles per hour (240 kilometers per hour), snags it with scissors-like arms located on the aircraft nose and the person or equipment is lifted off, experiencing less shock than that caused by a parachute opening. Aircrew members then use a hydraulic winch to pull the person or equipment aboard through the open rear cargo door.

The MC-130H features highly automated controls and displays to reduce crew size and work load. The cockpit and cargo areas are compatible with night vision goggles. The integrated control and display subsystem combines basic aircraft flight, tactical and mission sensor data into a comprehensive set of display formats that assists each operator performing tasks.

The pilot and co-pilot displays on the cockpit instrument panel and the navigator/electronic warfare operator console, on the aft portion of the flight deck, have two video displays and a data-entry keyboard. The electronic warfare operator has one video display dedicated to electronic warfare data.

The primary pilot and co-pilot display formats include basic flight instrumentation and situational data. The display formats are available with symbology alone or with symbology overlaid with sensor video.

The navigator uses radar ground map displays, forward-looking infrared display, tabular mission management displays and equipment status information. The electronic warfare operator's displays are used for viewing the electronic warfare data and to supplement the navigators in certain critical phases.



During Desert Storm, the MC-130E Combat Talon I played a vital role. One third of all airdrops in the first three weeks of the war were performed by MC-130s. Its primary role was psychological operations, as it air-dropped 11 BLU-82/B general purpose bombs and flew multiple missions air-dropping and dispersing leaflets. Its secondary role was combat search and rescue. Following the Persian Gulf war, MC-130s flew extensively in support of Operation Provide Comfort.


General Characteristics

Primary Function: Infiltration, exfiltration and resupply of special operations forces
Builder: Lockheed Aircraft Corp.
Power Plant: Four Allison T56-A-15 turboprop engines
Thrust: 4,910 shaft horsepower each engine
Length: MC-130E, 100 feet, 10 inches (30.7 meters); MC-130H, 99 feet, 9 inches (30.4 meters)
Height: 38 feet, 6 inches (11.7 meters)
Wingspan: 132 feet, 7 inches (40.4 meters)
Speed: 300 mph
Ceiling: 33,000 feet (10,000 meters)
Load: MC-130E, 53 troops or 26 paratroopers; MC-130H, 75 troops or 52 paratroopers
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 155,000 pounds (69,750 kilograms)
Range: 3,110 statute miles (2,700 nautical miles); unlimited with air refueling.
Crew: MC130H, four officers (two pilots, one navigator and one electronic warfare officer) and three enlisted (one flight engineer and two loadmasters)
Unit Cost: MC-130E: $42 million (1994 dollars); MC-130H: $72.5 million (1994 dollars)
Date Deployed: MC-130E in 1966; MC-130H in June 1991
Inventory: Active force, 9 MC-130E's and 24 MC-130H's; ANG, 0; Reserve, 5 MC-130E's

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