Tunnell, Jesse Clayton, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary NEC
139X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot (In Training)
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
2006-2006, HT-8 Eightballers
Service Years
1997 - 2006
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Contact Info
Home Town
Anaheim, California
Last Address
Milton, Florida

Date of Passing
May 30, 2006
Location of Interment
Cedaredge Cemetery - Cedaredge, Colorado
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Last Known Activity
Jesse lost his life in a helicopter crash during Advanced Helicopter Training in HT-8, NAS Whiting Field. 
Other Comments:
Jesse and I met in early 2001, while we were both attending the University of Arizona as Midishipmen in the NROTC program. Although Jesse was prior-enlisted, he enrolled in the ROTC program before the STA-21 program was initiated and he was one month short of the four-year service requirement needed to be in the Enlisted Commissioning Program. Therefore, he attended BOOST in Newport, RI and went to school on an ROTC scholarship. We got married in May 2002 and were commissioned together two years later, in May 2004. We were both selected for Aviation, but at that time the Avaiation pipeline was backlogged, so we were stashed at our commissioning ROTC Unit until February 2005, when we moved to Pensacola, FL and began flight training. We were in the same API class and completed training together, and then were sent to separate Primary VT squadrons--Jess went to VT-3 and I went to VT-2. When begain Advanced training at different times and in separate squadrons, with me in HT-18 and Jess in HT-8.

Jesse lost his life during a training mishap on May 30th, 2006. We had just celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary on May 24th. I continued on to earn my wings. My parents and Jesse's mother pinned on the Wings of Gold that had been posthumously awarded to him, after a review of his training records.
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 Duty Stations
NPS Orlando, Fl (Faculty Staff), Nuclear Power Training Command (Faculty Staff)USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735)Advancement Schools and CoursesNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
VT-3 Red KnightsHT-8 Eightballers
  1998-1998, NPS Orlando, Fl (Faculty Staff), Nuclear Power Training Command (Faculty Staff)
  1998-1999, USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735)
  1999-2000, BOOST Training Prep School, Newport RI
  2005-2005, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  2005-2006, VT-3 Red Knights
  2006-2006, HT-8 Eightballers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2001 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Arizona
  2000-2004, University of Arizona
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