Heath Michael Robinson
Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy
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U.S. Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
News Release

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 705-11
August 11, 2011

DOD Identifies Service Members Killed In CH-47 Crash
 

                 The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of 30 servicemembers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  They died August 6, 2011 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed.

The following sailors assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed:

Lieutenant Commander (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall, 32, of Shreveport, Louisiana

                Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais, 44, of Santa Barbara, California

                Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34, of Green Forest, Arkansas

                Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Kraig M. Vickers 36, of Kokomo, Hawaii, 

                Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford, Connecticut

                Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) John W. Faas, 31, of Minneapolis, Minnesota

                Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston, 35, of West Hyannisport, Massachusetts

                Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason, 37, of Kansas City, Missouri

                Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas, 

                Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist/Diver) Nicholas H. Null, 30, of Washington, West Virginia

                Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves, 32, of Shreveport, Louisiana

                Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, Michigan

                Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Darrik C. Benson, 28, of Angwin, California

                Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Parachutist) Christopher G. Campbell, 36, of Jacksonville, North Carolina

                Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist/Freefall Parachutist) Jared W. Day, 28, of Taylorsville, Utah, 

                Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) John Douangdara, 26, of South Sioux City, Nebraska

                Cryptologist Technician (Collection) Petty Officer 1st Class (Expeditionary Warfare Specialist) Michael J. Strange, 25, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

                Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL/Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist) Jon T. Tumilson, 35, of Rockford, Iowa, 

                Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn, 30, of Stuart, Florida, and 

                Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jason R. Workman, 32, of Blanding, Utah. 

The following sailors assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit were killed: 

                Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman, 27, of Ukiah, California, and 

                Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar, 24, of Saint Paul, Minnesota

The soldiers killed were: 

                Chief Warrant Officer David R. Carter, 47, of Centennial, Colo.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Aurora, Colorado

                Chief Warrant Officer Bryan J. Nichols, 31, of Hays, Kan.  He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kansas

                Staff Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), Grand Island, Nebraska

                Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24, of Tacoma, Wash.  He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kansas; and 

                Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21, of Olathe, Kan.  He was assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment (General Support Aviation Battalion), New Century, Kansas

The airmen killed were: 

                Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Tallahassee, Florida

                Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, California; and 

                Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28, of York, Pennsylvania

                All three airmen were assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, North Carolina

                For more information about the sailors, media may contact Lieutenant Arlo Abrahamson at 757-763-2007 or 757-620-3109. 

                For more information on Carter, media may contact the Colorado National Guard public affairs office at 720-250-1053. 

                For more information on Nichols, Bennett and Duncan, media may contact the 11th Aviation Command public affairs office at 502-626-5746 or 502-851-3466. 

                For more information on Hamburger, media may contact the Nebraska National Guard public affairs office at 402-309-7302 or 402-309-7303. 

                For more information about the airmen, media may contact the Air Force Special Operations Command public affairs office at 850-884-5515.

                UPDATE:  August 12, 2011 -- Sergeant Hamburger was posthumously promoted to Staff Sergeant.


A Petoskey High School graduate was killed when a rocket propelled grenade struck his helicopter Saturday in Afghanistan.

Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson, 34, of Detroit, was among the 30 U.S. military -- 17 Navy SEALs and five Navy special operations troops -- killed in the CH-47 Chinook crash, making it the deadliest attack in the 10-year war in Afghanistan. Eight Afghan commandos and a civilian interpreter were also killed. The Navy SEALs were responding to U.S. Army Rangers under fire at the time of the crash, according to the Associated Press.

HM Robinson PHOTO

Robinson was a 1995 Petoskey High School graduate who joined the military following his senior year, joining the Navy SEALs early in his career. He served in two West Coast base Special Warfare Units from March 2000 to April 2004 and four East Coast based Special Warfare Units from April 2004 to August 2011, according to his service record.

"The news that a Michigan service member was among those lost in last week's crash brings home once again the extraordinary sacrifices that our brave men and women are willing to make on our behalf," said Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., Senate Armed Forces Committee chairman. "Our sadness at the loss of Chief Petty Officer Robinson is exceeded only by his bravery and by our nation's gratitude to him and to those he loved. Our state grieves with them."

Navy officials called the crash a "tremendous loss."

"They cannot be replaced," said Rear Admiral Sean A. Pybus, commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command. in a statement. "We will honor their service and sacrifice, and embrace their families as our own, in this time of immeasurable grief.  The outpouring of support and sympathy from the Armed Services, the government, communities and the public is well beyond my ability to properly thank.  The Naval Special Warfare Community is deeply humbled and appreciative."

Robinson's awards include: four Bronze Stars (three with V devices for valor), Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two for valor), Joint Service Achievement Medal Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, two Presidential Unit Citations, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, five Navy Good Conduct Medals, Navy Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, six Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, NATO Medal, Navy Expert Rifleman Medal and a Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal.

The family has requested the public respect their privacy. The News-Review will not be reporting further personal details at this time at the request of friends and family of the deceased.

ROBINSON, HEATH 
SOCS   US NAVY 
AFGHANISTAN 
DATE OF BIRTH: 06/05/1977 
DATE OF DEATH: 08/06/2011 
BURIED AT: SECTION 60  SITE 9934 
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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Posted: 10 November 2011 Updated: 22 November 2011
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HM Robinson Gravesite PHOTO By Eileen Horan November 2011

HM Robinson Gravesite PHOTO By Eileen Horan November 2011

HM Robinson Gravesite PHOTO By Eileen Horan November 2011
Photos By Eileen Horan, November 2011

HM Robinson Gravesite PHOTO By Holly September 2011
Photo By Holly, September 2011