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 On 6 August 2011,at approximately 0300 hours a U.S.Boeing CH-47 Chinook military helicopter, call sign Extortion 17, was shot down while transporting aquick reaction forceattempting to reinforce an engaged unit ofArmy 75 th Rangers engaged in a fierce firefight inthe district of Sayd Abad in Wardak Province, west ofKabul, Afghanistan.

Aircraft was on an IRF mission. The resulting crash killed all 38 people on board—25 American special operations personnel, five United States Army National Guard and Army Reserve crewmen, sevenAfghan commandos, and one Afghan interpreter—as well as a U.S. military working dog

The deaths included:

·         15 U.S. Navy SEALs from the Naval Special Warfare Development Group's Gold Squadron

·         Afghan National Army Commandos, part of Afghan National Army

·         5 U.S. Naval Special Warfare support personnel.

·         3 U.S. Army personnel from the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment

·         2 U.S. Navy SEALs from a west coast based SEAL team.

·         2 U.S. Army personnel from the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment, part of Colorado Army National Guard

·         2 U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen from the 24th Special Tactics Squadron

·         1 U.S. Air Force Combat Controller from the 24th Special Tactics Squadron

·         1 Afghan civilian interpreter

·         1 U.S. Military Working Dog


The 31 American deaths represent the greatest loss of U.S. military lives in a single incident in the decade-long war in Afghanistan that began in 2001


Team Spartan has named their Kawasaki Ultra LX Jetski in Honor of EXTORTION 17. Please take a moment of silence to reflect on the lives of these men and working dog.

August 6th 

CW4 David R. Carter [IP] 
CW2 Bryan J. Nichols [PC] 
SPC Alexander J. Bennett [FE] 
SGT Patrick D. Hamburger [FE] 
SPC Spencer C. Duncan [G]USN ST6:
PO1 Darrik C. Benson
CPO Brian R. Bill
PO1 Christopher G. Campbell
MA1 John Douangdara
ST6 K-9 killed
CPO John W. Faas
PO1 Kevin A. Houston
LCDR Jonas B. Kelsall
MCPO Louis J. Langlais
CPO Matthew D. Mason
CPO Stephen M. Mills
PO1 Jesse D. Pittman
SCPO Thomas A. Ratzlaff
CPO Robert J. Reeves
CPO Heath M. Robinson
PO2 Nicholas P. Spehar
PO1 Jon T. Tumilson
PO1 Aaron C. Vaughn
PO1 Jason R. WorkmanUSN:
PO1 Jared W. Day
CPO Nicholas H. Null
PO1 Michael J. Strange
SCPO Kraig M. VickersUSAF:
TSGT John W. Brown [PJ]
SSGT Andrew W. Harvell [CCT]
TSGT Daniel L. Zerbe [PJ]7 ANA SF killed
1 Afghan interpreter killed


B/7-158 AVN (KS USAR)
B/2-135 GSAB (CO & NE ARNG)
#84-24175 "EXTORTION 17" 
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A/C crashed at approx 0300 hours at Tangi Joi Zareen, in the district of Sayd Abad in Wardak Province after a hit in the aft rotor blade which resulted in a severe mechanical and dynamic imbalance resulting in loss of control. A/C was on an IRF mission to assist members of the 75th Rangers engaged in a fierce firefight.NOTE: CW2 Nichols, SPC Bennett and SPC Duncan were from B/7-158 AVN (KS USAR). CW4 Carter was from CO ARNG and SGT Hamburger from NE ARNG.

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