Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Rest in Peace Capt. Kermit Evans, USAF
12/5/2006 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFPN) -- "Capt. Kermit Evans, an Air Force civil engineer explosive ordnance flight commander, was killed as a result of a U.S. Marine helicopter emergency water landing Dec. 3.
Captain Evans was one of 16 people aboard the Marine CH-46 helicopter when it made an emergency water landing near the shore of Lake Qadisiyah in western Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Twelve people survived, while Captain Evans and three other servicemembers did not survive. The incident does not appear to be a result of enemy action and is currently under investigation.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Evans family as they grieve the tragic loss of this Airman warrior, husband, father, son and brother" said Lt. Gen. Gary North, commander of U.S. Central Command Air Forces. "Anytime we lose an Airman, our entire Air Force family feels the loss."
Captain Evans was from the 27th Civil Engineer Squadron, Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., and deployed to the 732nd Expeditionary Mission Support Group, a unit of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq."
As always, my fellow Airman and his family will be in my prayers tonight.
A close friend of mine who was the 'Best Man' at my wedding is also an EOD flight commander, and he's headed out for a year-long tour soon. EOD is a close-knit group, so I'll see if he knew Capt Evans and if he wants to share anything about him.
I'm trying to locate more information on Capt Evans, and to see if there's anything we can do to help support his family. The only thing I've found so far is an online memo from one of his supervisors talking about some news articles regarding the new 'CSI' type of unit Capt Evans was deploying with.
Strangely, the memo (posted online) asks not to spread the word about the organization, so I'll hold onto it for now.
posted by El Capitan at 4:53 PM
My prayers are with your family and know the family of blue is always there for them!
My husband was deployed with Capt. Evans and his "CSI" unit, and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Capt. Evans and his family. My husband has said he is the finest Captain he has ever worked with, and was an exceptional human being. God bless him, his wife and 13 month old son.
I have stumbled across this site looking for info on Kermit. I am from his hometown and remember when he was in his mother's womb (his mom was my high school algebra teacher). His brother has been communicating with a hometown website community at yahoo.com, keeping members updated with memorials,etc for Kermit. His family has established a memorial fund as well. If still interested, I can forward info to his brother whom you may contact...2:36 AM
Kermit will be missed dearly by everyone. He was a great friend and a dedicated airman...
God Speed Brother
Kermit Evans is a brother I'll never know. A person I'll never meet. A heart I'll never touch. He was my brother and I loved him deeply. Although we never spoke, he was still a brother that I will cherish for life. It wasn't God's plan for us to meet on this earth but maybe we'll meet in his kingdom of grace. My heart goes out to my nephew, sister-in-law, brother, father, step-mother, and others who grived for my dear bother. I have always loved you Kermit and I'll always will. RIP Kermit.3:23 PM
If anyone has any information about how to help out Capt Evan's family, please pass it along. I'll post what I can if it helps out.
I don't want his family to ever feel abandoned by the Air Force family.
To all that have written, I stumbled across this website while searching for latest writtings about my brother, Capt. Kermit Evans.
Thanks to all that have written. Your words have touched our families. If you want to contact me, you can at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kermit was the most genuine person I have met in my life. His departure has left an emptiness that will never be filled on Earth.
Please keep him in your thoughts this and every Memorial Day.
Kermit I miss you man.
TF TROY 06-07
My prayers are with Capt. Kermit Evans family. His wife is like my little sister. The family was blessed to have him for a short while. I knew he made my little sis happy and a wonderful father. They are in my prayers always. Kermit was a good man and airman. Love to the Evans family.