Harris, Jennifer, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
7562-Pilot HMM Ch-46 Qualified
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
2006-2007, 7562, MAG-29
Service Years
2000 - 2007



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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Swampscott, Massachusetts

Casualty Date
Feb 07, 2007
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Operation Enduring Freedom
Location of Interment
Swampscott Cemetery - Swampscott, Massachusetts
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Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
Captain Jennifer Harris; Detachment 871Post 8154, George R. Baxmann
  2003, Marine Corps League, Captain Jennifer Harris; Detachment 871 (Swampscott, Massachusetts) [Verified]
  2007, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 8154, George R. Baxmann (Member At Large) (United States) [Verified]

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Rifle SharpshooterPistol Marksman

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  2000, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA)
  2001, The Basic School (Quantico, VA)
 Unit Assignments
The Basic SchoolUSMC (United States Marine Corps)MATSG-21, NAS Pensacola FL1st MAW
  2001-2001, 0301, The Basic School
  2001-2002, Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) Course
  2001-2002, 7561, Pre-flight, MATSG-21, NAS Pensacola FL
  2001-2002, 7598, MATSG-21, NAS Pensacola FL
  2002-2003, 7562, 1st MAW
  2003-2003, 7562, HMM-364
  2003-2007, 7562, HMM-364
  2003-2007, 7562, MAG-16
  2004-2005, 7562, HMM-364
  2005-2006, 7562, HMM-364
  2006-2007, 7562, HMM-364
  2006-2007, 7562, MAG-29
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2003-2003 OIF/Liberation of Iraq (2003)
  2003-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)
  2005-2007 OIF/National Resolution (2006-07)
  2005-2007 OIF/National Resolution (2006-07)
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1997-2000, United States Naval Academy
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Last Known Activity
Jen Harris, 28, was supposed to touch down in California after completing her third combat tour as the lone female pilot of the Marines legendary Purple Foxes helicopter squadron. Last Wednesday, while transporting blood between Baghdad and Fallujah, Harris, her co-pilot and a crew of five perished. An insurgent group with links to al-Qaeda has claimed credit for downing the CH-46 Sea Knight chopper. Before Navy Lt. Rose Goscinski ducked out of the cold, fierce winds and into the Swampscott church yesterday, she had one final tribute to her friend Jennifer Harris, a skilled flier whose helicopter was shot down in Iraq 13 days ago. If I would want anybody to be my pilot in that moment, it would be her, said Goscinski, who roomed with Harris when they attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Yesterday she delivered a heartfelt eulogy. Harris, a vaunted 28-year-old Marine Corps captain, was mourned yesterday in the church of her childhood, St. John the Evangelist. It was so packed with friends, family and strangers that 80 people braved the cold and listened through loudspeakers outside. Harris, a member of the legendary Purple Foxes squad, was due to come home last week after her third tour of duty in Iraq. She was the first servicewoman from Massachusetts to die in the war in Iraq. Her cousin Chrissy Ahern said she never settled for second best. A, C is never good enough, she recalled Harris saying. She motivated those around her to always do better. Her commanding officer, Col. Michael Hudson, said that before Harris died Feb. 7, she piloted a helicopter that rescued a wounded Marine and got him to a hospital. She would fly so others could live, he said. Harris parents, Raymond and Rosalie Harris, and her fiance, Marine Maj. Christopher Aaby, did not speak during the service. Six Marines carried Harris casket out of the church to a white horse-drawn hearse as bagpipers played The Marines Hymn. The procession to Swampscott Cemetery passed through Army Spc. Jared Raymond Square, a corner dedicated to the 20-year-old Swampscott soldier who died just six months ago in Iraq. Along Essex Street, yards were dotted with American flags. One front porch banner read: In honor of Captain Jennifer Harris, Our Hometown Hero. Linda Cunningham, 54, of Nahant, who held a small American flag close to her chest, never knew Harris or her family. She tried to explain why she went to a strangers funeral yesterday and then lingered outside until everyone was gone. To be thankful. To show respect. I feel safer knowing that there's people protecting us, she said. Date Feb 15, 2007 Comments: Services are scheduled for Marine pilot of helicopter Swampscott to remember a fallen hero February 15, 2007 Swampscott is preparing a hero's welcome for Jennifer J. Harris , the Marine helicopter pilot killed in Iraq when her Sea Knight transport was shot down by insurgents. The body of the Swampscott High graduate who excelled at the US Naval Academy has been returned stateside to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, but her homecoming to Massachusetts was delayed by yesterday's storm. Veterans Agent Jim Schultz , a Swampscott police detective, said yesterday he planned to bring his Dress uniform to work today in case the call came to escort the family to Logan International Airport. The family has requested that the driver of the hearse pass the home where Harris grew up, then go to the funeral home, Schultz said. Visiting hours will be 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Solimine, Landergan and Richardson Funeral Home in Lynn. A funeral Mass with military honors will be said at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Church in Swampscott. The funeral procession is expected to go through Jared Raymond Square, named after a Swampscott soldier killed in Iraq last fall. Harris, the first servicewoman from Massachusetts killed in the Iraq war, will be laid to rest at a family plot in Swampscott Cemetery. The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that the helicopter piloted by Harris was shot down, reversing earlier statements that the crash was caused by mechanical failure, according to the Associated Press. The Marine CH-46 troop transport went down northwest of Baghdad on Feb. 7, killing all seven people on board. An Al Qaeda-linked group claimed responsibility and released a video

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