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MARINE CAPTAIN
KYLE R. VAN DE GIESEN

April 14, 1980 ~ October 26, 2009

 

Operation Enduring Freedom
Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169,
Marine Aircraft Group 39,
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, 1 Marine Expeditionary Force,
Camp Pendleton, CA

29, of North Attleboro, MA;
by a collision between a UH-1 and an AH-1 helicopter in Helmand province at FOB Dwyer, Afghanistan.

   

Kyle's Bio is currently being updated. Below is a summary of his military service:

Kyle was a 2002 graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., where he was quarterback of the football team, which was re-established after a 58-year hiatus. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice.

After completing Officer's Candidate School in Quantico, Va., in the summers of 1999 and 2000, Kyle was commissioned as a second lieutenant, USMC in 2002. The ceremony was held at the Joseph W. Martin School, where Kyle attended grammar school. Upon completion of the Officer Basic Course in Quantico and Flight School in Pensacola, FL, Kyle graduated in 2004 with his Aviator wings and assignment to train as an AH-1W Super Cobra pilot. He was assigned to HMLA-169 at Camp Pendleton in California. Kyle was deployed twice to Iraq and then to Afghanistan. He was hand-selected to be a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics School Squadron One (MAWTS-1) instructor, the Marine Corps' center for aviation excellence and tactical instruction, commencing June 2010.

His awards and decorations include Air Medal with combat "V," for valor, Air Medal Strike/Flight with numeral 12, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two bronze stars, and the NATO International Security Assistance Forces - Afghanistan (ISAF) Medal.


Kyle is survived by his wife Megan, daughter Avery, son Colin, parents Calvin and RuthAnn Van De Giesen, brothers Christian and Ryan, sister Caitlin and his extended family.