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Dashan J. Briggs, TSgt., USAF (Fallen)May 22, 1926 – March 15, 2018
Wake and funeral arrangements have been announced for USAF Technical Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, the Riverhead native killed in a military helicopter crash in Iraq March 15.
Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, is survived by his wife Rebecca and two young children, Jayden and Ava.
Visitation will take place at the Westhampton Beach Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday, March 28, from 2 to 4:30 and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the department on Thursday, March 29 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.
Briggs was among seven military personnel who perished in the crash of the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter in western Iraq near the Syrian border. He and three others aboard the aircraft — Capt. Andreas B. O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, Capt. Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City and Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack were members of the 106th Air National Guard Rescue Wing in Westhampton. The crash is not believed to be the result of hostile fire, according to military officials.
Briggs held the rank of staff sergeant when he died. He was promoted posthumously to the rank of technical sergeant.
A GoFundMe page has been started to benefit his widow and children.