Zilberman, Miroslav Steven, LT

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Last Rank
Lieutenant
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
2007-2010, 131X, VAW-121 Bluetails/ Griffins
Service Years
1997 - 2010
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom
Lieutenant
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Home Country
Ukraine
Ukraine
Year of Birth
1979
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Columbus, Ohio
Last Address
Arabian Gulf

Casualty Date
Mar 31, 2010
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Afghanistan
Conflict
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea - N/A, North Arabian Sea
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Lost at sea/body not recovered.

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School Assignments - StaffVAW-121 Bluetails/ Griffins
  2003-2005, 139X, Naval Flight School
  2007-2010, 131X, VAW-121 Bluetails/ Griffins
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2010-2010 OEF - Afghanistan/Consolidation III (2009-11)
 Colleges Attended 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  1999-2003, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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The Department of Defense announced today the death of a pilot who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.  Lt. Miroslav Zilberman, 31, of Columbus, Ohio, died after his E-2C Hawkeye crashed into the Arabian Gulf on March 31, 2010. The recovery effort was abandoned on April 2, 2010 and his body was not recovered. Zilberman was assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121.

The Virginian-Pilot
© April 3, 2010

A Navy aviator missing since his plane went down on Wednesday was declared dead and the search for him called off, the Navy announced Saturday.

Lt. Steven Zilberman, 31, a Ukrainian-born aviator from Columbus, Ohio, was a pilot on an E-2C Hawkeye from Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121, the Bluetails.

The electronic surveillance plane was en route back to the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower from a mission over Afghanistan. The plane experienced mechanical difficulties and crashed about five miles from the carrier.

Three other crew members bailed out and were rescued within minutes. They are in good condition with no serious injuries, the Navy said.

“This is a heart-wrenching loss for the Zilberman family and the Bluetail family,” said Cmdr. Joseph F. Finn, the squadron’s commanding officer, in a statement released Saturday. He said Zilberman was exceptional. “He will not be forgotten.”

Zilberman had been in the Navy for about eight years, according to a news release. He was married and had two young children. His family declined to comment today.

A service is scheduled for Thursday in Norfolk.

Ships including the Eisenhower and the destroyer Carney along with Navy and Air Force aircraft had searched for the missing aviator since the crash, covering 5,300 square miles of ocean.

“We are deeply saddened by this tremendous loss of a fellow aviator and shipmate,” said Capt. Roy Kelley, commander of the carrier air wing in the statement. “He will be truly missed, and our heart goes out to the Zilberman family during this very difficult time.”

The Eisenhower and the air wing are homeported in Norfolk. The crash is still under investigation, the Navy said.

   
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Story Number: NNS100403-01
Release Date: 4/3/2010 12:52:00 PM

From U.S. 5th Fleet Public Affairs

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- After an extensive search by military units, the Navy suspended search and rescue efforts at 6 p.m. (Zulu +4) April 2 for the fourth crew member from the E-2C Hawkeye that crashed March 31.

The missing pilot has been declared deceased.

Lt. Steven Zilberman, 31, was born in Ukraine and considered Columbus, Ohio, his hometown. He served in the Navy for nearly eight years.

"This is a heart-wrenching loss for the Zilberman family and the 'Bluetail' family," said Cmdr. Joseph F. Finn, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121's commanding officer. "It is our exceptional people that are the strength of our community and our Navy. Steven was one such individual. He bravely and willingly accepted the risks of an inherently dangerous job. He was a fine aviator, and we are better people for having him in our lives. I extend my deepest sympathy to Steven's family and friends. He will not be forgotten."

The E-2C Hawkeye from VAW 121, the "Bluetails," stationed aboard USS Dwight Eisenhower (CVN 69), impacted the water approximately five miles from the ship.

Several ships and aircraft, including Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS Carney (DDG 64), USNS Supply (T-AOE 6) and other U.S. Central Command Navy and Air Force aircraft searched more than 5,300 square miles for the missing aviator.

"Lt. Zilberman was an exceptional naval officer and pilot, who embodied the best of what America represents," said Capt. Roy Kelley, commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 7. "We are deeply saddened by this tremendous loss of a fellow aviator and shipmate. He will be truly missed, and our heart goes out to the Zilberman family during this very difficult time."

Three of the four crew members were recovered shortly after the crash and are in good condition without significant injuries.

The E-2C Hawkeye was returning from conducting operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom when the aircraft experienced mechanical malfunctions and the crew performed a controlled bailout.

VAW 121, homeported in Norfolk, is part CVW 7, assigned to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

BY 13 News WVEC

Posted on April 7, 2010 at 10:35 AM

Updated today at 7:06 PM

The service for LT Steven Zilberman, 31, of Columbus, Ohio, was held in the chapel on Naval Station Norfolk.

His widow held their daughter on her lap and was presented with the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Zilberman was declared deceased following a search effort in the North Arabian Sea.

The Navy says he was piloting the E-2C Hawkeye assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121, the "Bluetails," when it went down on March 31. The recovery effort was abandoned on April 2.

"This is a heart-wrenching loss for the Zilberman family and the Bluetail family" Cmdr. Joseph F. Finn, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 121’s commanding officer said at the end of the effort. "It is our exceptional people that are the strength of our community and our Navy. Steven was one such individual. He bravely and willingly accepted the risks of an inherently dangerous job. He was a fine aviator and we are better people for having him in our lives. I extend my deepest sympathy to Steven's family and friends. He will not be forgotten."

The aircraft was returning to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower following a mission over Afghanistan when the crew radioed that the plane experienced mechanical malfunctions -- a loss of oil pressure to one of the engines.

Three crewmen successfully bailed out and were recovered without significant injuries, the Navy stated.

Several ships and aircraft, including USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS Carney, USNS Supply and other U.S. Central Command Navy and Air Force aircraft searched more than 5,300 square miles but never found Zilberman's remains.

 
   
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