This week, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command lost six Marines and one Sailor in a KC-130T crash in LeFlore County, Miss. Family members of those involved have been notified. A diverse and experienced group of professionals and agencies are working through the response process in a four-phased approach:
1. Recovery of the remains and effects and notifications of next of kin
2. Preservation of the accident site and equipment
3. Investigative efforts
4. Clean up and restoration of the site
We owe it to our families to get this process right. Currently, we are not in a position to release the names of our Marines and Sailor out of respect for that process. We hope to be soon.