TSgt John W. Brown

TSgt John W. Brown 1


Hometown / City: Tallahassee, FL
Date of Death: Saturday, August 6, 2011
Conflict: Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
Branch: U.S. Air Force
Rank: Tech. Sgt.
Unit: 24th Special Tactics Squadron
Post / Base: Pope Field, NC

Birth: Nov. 9, 1977
Death: Aug. 6, 2011
Vardak, Afghanistan

Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33, of Siloam Springs, AR, was assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C. He died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed. Tech. Sgt. Brown grew up in Siloam Springs and graduated in 1996. He was a pararescueman with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, an Air Force special operations unit based at Fort Bragg’s Pope Field. He wanted to go into the medical field but joined the military instead after seeing a video of a special tactical unit. He was a member of the United States Air Force and was aboard the helicopter that killed him and 29 other servicemen. If Elizabeth Newlun wanted to have a serious conversation with her son, John, she had to shoot baskets with him. “There’s nothing athletic about me, but I realized that you have to get into other people’s comfort zone to get information,” said Newlun, explaining that her son, an Air Force technical sergeant, was a “gentle giant” who “just loved anything physical, anything athletic.” Newlun said her son played football and basketball in high school and went to John Brown University on a swimming scholarship. He had wanted to go into the medical field and become a nurse anesthetist, but decided to join the military after seeing a video of a special tactical unit, she said. The airman was a paramedic and ready to attend to the medical needs of anyone who was rescued, his mother said. Arkansas state Rep. Jon Woods went to high school with Brown in Siloam Springs and remembered playing basketball and watching “Saturday Night Live” on the weekends. “When you think of what the ideal model of a soldier would be, he would be it,” said Woods. “He could run all day.”

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60 Site 9941 TSgt John W. Brown 2 TSgt John W. Brown 4 TSgt John W. Brown 3

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