The grieving families of the five Marines tragically killed in a helicopter crash during a storm in Southern California are speaking out, demanding accountability and change in military operations.
Steven Langen, father of Sgt. Alec Langen, lamented the loss, calling it a recurring tragedy within the military community. He urged authorities to recognize the pattern of avoidable deaths and take action.
Bradford Moulton, uncle of Capt. Benjamin Moulton, echoed Langen’s sentiments, questioning why the Marines were flying during severe weather conditions. He expressed regret that operational decisions didn’t prioritize safety.
Gregory Davis, father of Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, emphasized the preventable nature of the crash, highlighting his son’s dedication to the Marines. Donovan’s aspiration to serve was deeply rooted in his upbringing within military circles.
Langen recounted Alec’s unwavering passion for military service, symbolized by his eagerness to enlist even before turning 17. Moulton shared Benjamin’s determination to pursue a career as a Marine pilot, following in family footsteps.
The families’ calls for action come amidst a series of recent military accidents, including the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Capt. Jack Casey and Capt. Miguel Nava. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
These incidents add to a concerning trend of military mishaps, including previous fatal crashes and training accidents involving service members across different branches.
As the families mourn their loved ones, they demand accountability and transparency from military leadership. They hope their voices will spur meaningful change to prevent future tragedies and ensure the safety of service members.
The Marines did not immediately respond to requests for comment, leaving families and the public awaiting answers and reassurance.