Army Chief Warrant Officer John R. Priestner
November 06, 2006
42, of Sanford, NC; assigned to the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Nov. 6 of injuries sustained when his AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed in Balad, Iraq. Also killed was Chief Warrant Officer Miles P. Henderson
Also Killed were:
Chief Warrant Officer John R. Priestner, 42, of Pennsylvania.
Chief Warrant Officer Miles P. Henderson, 24, of Amarillo, Texas.
Priestner, a 1982 graduate of Northeast Bradford High School, was killed Sunday in Iraq when his AH-64D aircraft crashed near Balad, Iraq, according to a news release from 82nd Airborne Division.
Priestner left behind wife, Teresa Lutz of Warren Center and two daughters.
"It's an enormous loss to the family, his friends and his country. John had an awesome sense of humor. Very intense, dedicated. He was everything a hero would be," said Theresa (Lutz) Priestner. "I am damn proud of him. He believed what he did was the absolute right thing for that country," she added.
John Priestner was a Gulf War veteran. He served in Afghanistan from November of 2002 to August of 2003. He left for Iraq on July 22, 2006.
"Any army wife will tell you, we're damn proud of our men. They're heroes. They believe in what they're doing. We believe in what they're doing," said Theresa Priestner.
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