Ultimate Sacrifice

<p>7/3/2010 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The Department of Defense has announced the loss of a fifth Airman from an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter which crashed in southeastern Afghanistan June 9.</p>

<p>Capt. David Wisniewski, 31, an HH-60G helicopter pilot assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., passed away at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., July 2 from injuries received during the incident. Four other Airmen were killed and two others were wounded. </p>

<p>The Airmen were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and responsible for casualty evacuation.</p>

<p>Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and raised Moville, Iowa, Captain Wisniewski attended Woodbury Central High School before attending the U.S. Air Force Academy where he graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. </p>

<p>During his eight-year career, Captain Wisniewski had logged over 1,500 flight hours, flown 289 combat hours and is credited with saving numerous lives, including several during his most recent deployment to Afghanistan. "In one day, Dave was key in saving 40 people during the largest single mass casualty mission in Regional Command South," said Lt. Col. Thomas Dorl, commander of the 66th Rescue Squadron. "This was no small feat as he braved enemy action and flew into a hot landing zone three times to save people who did not even know. "</p>

<p>Captain Wisniewski's awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster. A memorial service will be held at Nellis Air Force Base in honor of Captain Wisniewski at a date yet to be determined and he will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.</p>

<p>A toast...</p>

<p>Yes Petko "A Toast"</p>

<p>The 66th are very special guys. Potterfan had the chance to fly with them while we lived at Nellis. The PJ's, and Crew are among the best people you will ever meet. They train hard and live their motto "That others may live".</p>

<p>God speed to his family that they always understand their tragic lost meant something to this world.</p>

<p>Freedom is soooo not free... God bless the men and women who lay their lives down for our country and the idea of enduring freedom.</p>

<p>May his family be comforted, and know his courage and sacrifice will always be remembered.</p>

<p>Freedom is a word that those protected by it never truly understand the meaning.</p>

<p>I am sure his family unfortunately now knows that meaning all too well with the loss of their child.</p>