This photo appears on the fundraising website for Capt. Reid Nannen's family. (Courtesy of the Nannen family)
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A fundraising effort has identified the pilot who was killed March 1 when his F/A-18C crashed in Nevada as Marine Corps Capt. Reid Nannen.
“Reid was a fighter pilot through and through,” the fundraiser’s website says. “He embodied all the qualities of the heroic aviators of old and was the leader of the new generation. His love of flying was surpassed only by his love of family. A devout father of four, his passion for family served as a gleaming example for all to emulate.”
The fighter was on a training mission from Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, also known as TOPGUN, when the crash occurred about 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., according to the U.S. Naval Institute.
The Defense Department has not officially identified Nannen. A newspaper in Nevada has reported that the pilot killed in the crash was stationed in Okinawa. III Marine Expeditionary Force expects to release the pilot’s name early next week, a spokeswoman told Marine Corps Times on Thursday.
The Captain Reid Nannen Memorial Children’s Fund is trying to raise $200,000 for Nannen’s family. The fundraiser’s website features a picture of Nannen hugging three young children: Two boys and a girl.
His wife Sarah recently blogged about how when she gave birth to their daughter six weeks ago in Japan, Capt. Nannen was in Florida, but he was able to participate through Face Time.
“My friend continued to dial his number as I slowly walked down the hallway to the birth room,” she blogged. “About halfway there I finally heard his voice! He was with us via FaceTime and I immediately felt a rush of relief and release run through me — I knew this baby was coming very soon now that he was ‘here.’ ”
“There was no better husband, father or friend,” the fundraiser’s website says. “He touched countless souls during his journey through life and the world is a better place for it. Help us ensure his family is supported through the troubling times ahead as well as to establish a solid foundation for his children so they can continue the path he started.”