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BREAKING: Navy Identifies The Three Sailors Lost In November 22nd COD Crash

All three men were were just beginning promising careers in the Navy when they were lost.

VRC-30 Det 5 C-2A(R) prepares to launch from CVN-76. Official US Navy photograph

The United States Navy has identified the three sailors lost in the November 22nd 2017 crash at sea of the VRC-30 Providers Detachment 5 We Deliver Grumman C-2A(R) Greyhound COD aircraft. The three sailors killed in the crash are Lieutenant Steven Combs, Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Chialastri, and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso.

Lieutenant Steven Combs. Official US Navy photograph

Lieutenant Combs, who was a native of Florida, was assigned to VRC-30 aboard the carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). LT Combs had previously flown with VAW-120 Greyhawks. His other previous duty stations include the Center for Security Forces Detachment Kittery Point at Portsmouth in New Hampshire and Training Wing 4 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi in Texas. Combs’ awards include the National Defense Ribbon and the Navy Battle “E” Ribbon.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Matthew Chialastri. Official US Navy photograph

Airman Chialastri, who was a native of Louisiana, was also assigned to the Reagan. ABEAN Chialastri had previously served aboard the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA-6), with Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30) Pro’s Nest based at NAS Jacksonville in Florida, and also at the Center for Security Forces Detachment Kittery Point. Chialastri’s awards include the National Defense Ribbon.

Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Bryan Grosso. Official US Navy photograph

Airman Apprentice Grosso, who was also a native of Florida, was also assigned to the Reagan. AOAA Grosso’s previous duty stations include the Naval Air Technical Training Center at NAS Pensacola in Florida and the Naval Recruit Training Center Great Lakes in Illinois. Grosso’s awards include the National Defense Ribbon.

VRC-30 Det 5 C-2A(R) has just launched from CVN-76. Official US Navy Photograph

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these Sailors,” said Vice Admiral Phil Sawyer, commander of U.S. Seventh Fleet, in the Navy’s release. “Their service and sacrifice will be lasting in Seventh Fleet and we will continue to stand the watch for them, as they did bravely for all of us.”

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Written by Bill Walton

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a life-long aviation enthusiast and expert in aircraft recognition. As a teenager Bill helped his engineer father build an award-winning T-18 homebuilt airplane in their Wisconsin basement. Bill is a freelance writer, an avid sailor, engineer, announcer, husband, father, uncle, mentor, coach, and Navy veteran. Bill lives north of Houston TX with his wife and son under the approach path to KDWH runway 17R, which means they get to look up at a lot of airplanes. A very good thing.

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