White, Benjamin Daniel, SrA

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Last Rank
Senior Airman
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew Protection
Primary Unit
2009-2010, 48th Rescue Squadron
Service Years
2006 - 2010
Senior Airman

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Erwin, Tennessee
Last Address
Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona-home base
Helmand Province, Afghanistan-deployed

Casualty Date
Jun 09, 2010
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Mountain Home National Cemetery - Mountain Home, Tennessee
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec RR Site 166

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Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Pararescuer

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Aircrew Enlisted (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
48th Rescue Squadron
  2009-2010, 48th Rescue Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
 Colleges Attended 
East Tennessee State University
  2004-2006, East Tennessee State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
HH-60 Pave Hawk  
  2003-2003, HH-60 Pave Hawk
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

‘He finally felt a sense of purpose’

The Associated Press

Benjamin White’s job — flying in on a helicopter to rescue soldiers wounded in battle — was embodied in the tattoo on his back. It was a Bible verse that read: “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for a friend.”

His father, Anthony White, recalled White as a somewhat aimless teenager who found what he truly wanted to do in the Air Force. The airman’s grandfather, Curtis White, recalled that the young man started lifting weights so he’d be ready for the military’s challenge.

“He said he finally felt a sense of purpose — that he was doing what he was supposed to do,” said his sister-in-law, Ashlee White.

White, 24, of Erwin, Tenn., was killed June 9 in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. He was assigned to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. He graduated from Science Hill High School in 2004 and spent a few semesters at East Tennessee State University before enlisting in 2006.

Family and friends said White was always worried about everyone else — even though he was in danger. Ashlee White said her brother-in-law was the one praying for everyone back home. His supervisor, Staff Sgt. Jason Walker, said White always asked: “What can I do to help?”

White also is survived by his mother, Brenda Shelton-Logozo, and his stepmother, Jennifer White.

6/11/2010 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Department of Defense officials announced June 9 the deaths of four Airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

They died June 9, near Forward Operating Base Jackson, Afghanistan, in a helicopter crash.

Killed were:
--Staff Sgt. Michael P. Flores, 31, of San Antonio, Texas, assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
--1st Lt. Joel C. Gentz, 25, of Grass Lake, Mich., assigned to the 58th Rescue Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
--Staff Sgt. David C. Smith, 26, of Eight Mile, Ala., assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis AFB.
--Senior Airman Benjamin D. White, 24, of Erwin, Tenn., assigned to the 48th RQS, Davis-Monthan AFB.
Died June 09, 2010 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom

26, of Eight Mile, Ala.; assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; died June 9, near FOB Jackson, Afghanistan, in a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crash. Also killed were Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael P. Flores, Air Force 1st Lt. Joel C. Gentz and Air Force Senior Airman Benjamin D. White.

Schwartz mourns airmen killed in medevac crash

By Scott Fontaine

Staff writer

The Pentagon has named the four rescue airmen who were killed June 9 when insurgents shot down their HH-60G Pave Hawk in southern Afghanistan.

Three airmen also were injured in the Pave Hawk incident, which occurred on the deadliest day for Air Force personnel at war in more than five years.

The four killed are:

* 1st Lt. Joel C. Gentz, 25, of Grass Lake, Mich.

* Staff Sgt. David C. Smith, 26, of Eight Mile, Ala.

* Tech. Sgt. Michael P. Flores, 31, of San Antonio.

* Senior Airman Benjamin D. White, 24, of Erwin, Tenn.

Flores and White were assigned to the 48th Rescue Squadron at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. Gentz was assigned to the 58th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Smith was assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis.

The wounded airmen are members of the 66th Rescue Squadron. They are being treated at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany.

The helicopter crashed as the airmen, assigned to 563rd Rescue Group, were performing a medical-evacuation mission in turbulent Helmand province.

The last time four or more airmen died in a single day was May 30, 2005, when a prop plane crashed in Diyala province, Iraq. A fifth passenger, Iraqi Air Force Capt. Ali Abass, also died in that crash.

It was the bloodiest day in Afghanistan for the Air Force since Nov. 23, 2003, when four airmen were killed in a helicopter crash in Parwan province, according to icasualties.org, a website that tracks coalition deaths overseas.

The helicopter was providing support to British troops at the time of the attack, according to The New York Times. The newspaper, quoting a Taliban spokesman, said insurgents shot down the helicopter over the Sangin district bazaar with a rocket-propelled grenade.

Flores, a 32-year-old pararescueman, had earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and deployed eight times during his 12 years in the service. White, a 24-year-old pararescueman, had served in the Air Force since July 2006 and was on his first deployment.

Gentz, 25, a combat rescue officer, studied aerospace engineering at Purdue University and enrolled in ROTC because he wanted to be a pilot and perform combat recue, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Smith, 26, was a flight engineer who had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan during his nine-year career.

Medevac crash victims returned home

By Scott Fontaine

Staff writer

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