LtCol Keith Sweaney

LtCol Keith Sweaney 1


Hometown / City: Stafford, Virginia
Date of Death: December, 11, 2000 Branch: U.S.M.C.
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
HM- 187A

LtCol Keith M. Sweaney was born in Charleston, West Virginia and raised in Richmond, Virginia.  After attending Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA he commissioned as a 2ndLt in the United States Marine Corps in June 1980 and was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1982.  1stLt Sweaney then proceeded to follow-on training in the CH-53D and attached to his first fleet squadron HMH-362 in Kaneohe Bay, HI.  After tours with 2nd Recon as a Forward Air Controller and HMH-362 at Camp Lejeune, NC and MCAS New River, NC respectively, Capt Sweaney deployed with HMH-463 in support of Operation Desert Storm.  Upon return from a successful deployment, Capt Sweaney was selected to fly with HMX-1 Presidential Helicopter Squadron and attend Command & Staff College in Quantico, VA.  Major Sweaney returned to the fleet after transitioning to the CH-53E and served with HMH-464 of MCAS New River, NC.  LtCol Sweaney then joined the Multi-Service Operational Evaluation Team as Director of Testing for the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft.  He was tragically killed in a test flight on 11 December 2000 when his aircraft crashed into the North Carolina forest.  LtCol Sweaney is remembered as a loving son, husband and father, a talented aviator and an exemplary Marine.

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