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Mark K. Weber, Captain, USAF (Fallen)July 31, 1988 – March 15, 2018
Capt. Mark K. Weber of Colorado Springs was among the seven airmen who died Thursday when an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq, the Defense Department said Saturday.
Weber, 29, was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., the Pentagon said.
Seven U.S. Armed Forces members — including Capt. Mark Weber whose parents live in southern Denton County — were killed when a military helicopter crashed in western Iraq, according to information from Moody Air Force Base and Bartonville Mayor Bill Scherer.
Bartonville residents Ron and Margaret Weber lost their son, Air Force Capt. Mark Weber, 29, in the crash on March 15, according to the news releases.
A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Capt. Weber is survived by his parents, according to Scherer, as well as four siblings: Leah Weber, currently serving overseas in the U.S. Air Force; Kathrine Weber, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard; Lori Weber, a nurse; and Kristen Weber, a writer and Christian stand-up comedian.
Capt. Weber was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force in 2011 and served as a Combat Rescue Officer, according to Scherer’s statement. Capt. Weber was assigned to the 38th Rescue Squadron, 23rd Wing, Moody AFB, Georgia, and was serving in Iraq in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) pilots and crews face the most highly dangerous and hazardous missions risking their lives going into combat zones in an effort to rescue the wounded and downed pilots.
Capt. Weber also did rescue work in the United States during the hurricanes just last year.
“We are indebted to Capt. Weber’s service, commitment, and sacrifice to our nation,” Scherer’s statement said. “Because of his bravery and selflessness, we enjoy daily freedom and security. It is our duty to honor and never forget the sacrifice that Capt. Weber made.
“The Town of Bartonville extends heartfelt prayers and condolences to the Weber family and all affected by this tragedy.”
A public service willbe held at The Village Church, located at 1700 Highland Village Road in Highland Village. Weber will be buried July 9 in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia with military honors.
AIRFORCE TIMES By: Stephen Losey 3-29-2018
Capt. Mark Weber, one of the seven airmen killed earlier this month in a helicopter crash in western Iraq, was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal during a memorial service last week.
Weber’s March 21 memorial service at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia was attended by more than 1,000 airmen, family and friends, Air Combat Command said in a March 22 release.
Weber, a 29-year-old combat rescue officer from the 38th Rescue Squadron, died March 15 in an HH-60G Pave Hawk crash in Anbar Province, Iraq. He was originally from Bartonville, Texas.
At the memorial service, Weber’s fellow airmen praised him as an exceptional leader.
“I would like to thank Mark for all that he has taught me in the past four years,” said Ryan, a close personal friend of Weber. “Thank you for your hard work and dedication. I’m sorry it was you this time. We will do everything we can to continue with the mission of saving lives, I promise you that.”
Pararescuemen from the 347th and 563rd Rescue Groups conducted memorial pushups after the ceremony to pay tribute to Weber.
“Capt. Weber was forever focused on the men under his command,” said a Pararescueman from the 38th, identified in the release only as Senior Airman Daniel. “In the pool, he would help the last team member across before surfacing for his own breath. On a ruck, I watched him carry a teammate whose body had quit. When the team screwed up, it was Capt. Weber who shouldered the responsibility.”
“I never saw him tired, and I never saw him afraid,” Senior Airman Daniel continued. “Not because he didn’t feel pain or experience fear, but he placed his duty before his own personal desires and comforts.”Weber’s first job after graduating from the Air Force Academy in 2011 was as a contracting officer, the release said.
But he felt an urge to do more, and began training to become a CRO, and direct combatant command and control of combat search-and-rescue operations. Weber also planned, managed, and executed CSAR operations, the release said.
“It’s apparent to everyone that you cannot replace someone of the caliber of Mark Weber,” Maj. Jason Egger, commander of the 38th, said at the service. “Instead, it is now left to us to carry his memory forward and pay tribute to him and live up to his truly exceptional example.
Weber was on his first deployment when he died. He was augmenting the 308th Rescue Squadron from Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.
Another CRO from the 38th, identified only as Capt. Ryan, promised to carry on their work saving lives.
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