On Saturday, a U.S. Army CH-47 helicopter crashed in the Wardack Province of Afghanistan after being hit by a Taliban-fired rocket propelled grenade. This tragedy has taken the lives of 30 U.S. service members and seven Afghan commandos. Of the U.S. service members killed, the Pentagon reports that five were aircrew members and 25 were members of the U.S. Special Operations Command, including three Special Forces Air Traffic Controllers and 22 members of U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6.
“This tragic loss of lives has taken some of the nation’s finest young men — men of dedication, discipline and devotion to God, their country and their families. The loss of even a single sailor, soldier, Marine or airman is incalculable; the loss of so many at the hands of evil ones — enemies of our nation and people who have sworn to kill and wreak havoc on us and our country — is sad beyond words,” said Janice Shaw Crouse, Senior Fellow with Concerned Women for America’s Beverly LaHaye Institute.
“We pray that God will comfort and keep their loved ones and give them peace during this awful time of mourning their loss,” she added.
Along with the families and friends of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, Concerned Women for America lifts up in prayer and honor the chaplains and military mortuary affairs professionals who at this moment are overseeing the dignified transfer of our fallen heroes from the war zone to their families back home. This transfer, movingly portrayed in the HBO movie Taking Chance, is reflected upon by Chaplain (Captain) Richard Dunbar, USAF and USAF 1st Lt Lucas Bohannan, both members of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations headquartered at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.
May our Lord comfort those grieving, welcome the fallen, and rise up others so willing to sacrifice themselves for justice and liberty.