The Department of Defense announced Monday, Aug. 20 the death of seven service members who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Aug. 16 in a helicopter crash northeast of Kandahar, Afghanistan. One man had been raised in Lehigh Acres. His wife lives in Melbourne, Fla.
Among those killed was Chief Warrant Officer Brian D. Hornsby, 37, of Melbourne, assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Hornsby's parents live in Lehigh. His father, Glenn, said Hornsby grew up in Lehigh but graduated from high school in North Carolina. He attended Riverdale High School in Fort Myers.
Brian D. Hornsby
He later returned to Southwest Florida to attend college at the former USF campus in Fort Myers, now FGCU.
Hornsby is survived by a wife and two children. He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan.
Chief Warrant Officer Hornsby was married with two young children and his family is now making plans for a private memorial service.
Six others were killed in the same crash:
- Chief Warrant Officer Suresh N. A. Krause, 29, of Cathedral City, Calif.
- Sergeant Luis A. Oliver Galbreath, 41, of San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Sergeant Richard A. Essex, 23, Kelseyville, Calif.
- Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick D. Feeks, 28, of Edgewater, Md
- Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class David J. Warsen
- Explosive Ordnance Disposal Petty Officer Technician 1st Class Sean P. Carson, 32, of Des Moines, Wash.