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Old 12 June 2010, 08:31
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Old 12 June 2010, 10:01
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Old 12 June 2010, 11:09
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Old 12 June 2010, 11:21
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Old 12 June 2010, 11:58
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A full and quick recovery to your injured Brother-in-Arms.

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Old 12 June 2010, 14:26
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This then, is what allows me—knowing your high Standards for quality, reliability and excellence—to offer you my services. I'm experienced, highly skilled, and silent professional who prefers to plan, train, and support in such a manner that precludes or prevents risks rather than attempting to control them—in a reactionary manner . . .
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Old 12 June 2010, 20:03
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Old 12 June 2010, 22:06
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Rest in Peace. Thank you for your service, and sacrifice to this nation. May your loved ones find closure, soon.

Gentz family: Joel Gentz lived by the motto of the pararescue men " ... these things we do, that others may live."

Courtesy PhotoJoel C. Gentz with his wife, Kathryn (Sullivan)

Share Statement from the Gentz family:

Air Force First Lieutenant Joel Christopher Gentz was killed in action June 9, 2010 while completing a rescue mission in southern Afghanistan. He was born July 9,1984 in Rochester, New York. The oldest child of Judith and Steven Gentz and brother of Rachel and Jared Gentz, the family has resided in Chelsea, Michigan since 1991.

Joel graduated from Chelsea High School in 2002, participating in cross country, swimming, tennis, percussion, and National Honor Society. Following high school Joel attended Purdue University and graduated with honors in Aerospace Engineering in 2007.

He met wife Kathryn (Sullivan) Gentz while attending Purdue. They were married June 7, 2008 and resided in Albuquerque, New Mexico for a year prior to moving to Nellis Airforce Base Las Vegas, Nevada.

Joel was a Air Force Cadet who was Awarded the Warrior Spirit award all four years as voted by his fellow Air Force ROTC. He was a member of Arnold Air Society and wing commander of his detachment. Joel was a member of the Iron Key and Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Although received a pilot slot he turned it down because of his desire to become a Combat Rescue Officer to save his fellow service men.

He began the pararescue pipeline training to become a Combat Rescue Officer, which is a grueling 2 year training including HALO, underwater training, medical training, land navigation, and SERE.

Joel loved activity and received his black belt in Tae-kwon-do, participated in marathons and triathlons, and enjoyed hiking with his family and friends. Joel was a person passionate about everything he did. His love for his wife and family and dedication to his work were immeasurable.

Both the Gentz and Sullivan families are immensely proud that Joel died doing what he loved and serving his country. He lived by the motto of the pararescue men “…these things we do, that others may live.”

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Old 12 June 2010, 22:31
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Old 14 June 2010, 18:42
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Old 14 June 2010, 22:44
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Services For 1LT Gentz

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. June 24 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 14600 East Old US Highway 12, in Chelsea, according to Cole Funeral Chapel. A private burial at Oak Grove East Cemetery in Chelsea will follow.

Friends may pay last respects to Gentz at the church from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the “Joel C. Gentz Memorial Fund” at the Chelsea State Bank, 1010 S. Main St. (Fund to be used for local education and help military families.)

A memorial service is scheduled for June 18 at Nellis Air Force in Nevada. Gentz deployed to Afghanistan from Nellis on April 24.

Services are also planned in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the hometown of Gentz’s wife, Kathryn.
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Old 16 June 2010, 07:18
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Here is the link for the Fort Wayne service that was in the paper today. If anyone is attending and needs anything, let me know. I will be assisting with escort duties.
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Old 19 June 2010, 17:28
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These Warriors were close friends of mine. Respect the fallen, honor the valiant. NO ONE GETS LEFT BEHIND.

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Old 20 June 2010, 16:56
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Old 20 June 2010, 21:26
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And here's the Link for Senior Airmen White from TN. Rest in Peace Warriors and Rescuers.
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Old 22 June 2010, 16:15
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My Mother contacted me today to tell me about a childhood friend of mine that was seriously injured in Afghanistan on June 9th. My heart sank as she shared the details... a helicopter downed by a rocket propelled grenade... four killed instantly...

He was the co-pilot on this MEDEVAC, and one of the three original survivors. My Mother said one of the three has since succumbed to his wounds.

I met Tony in the seventh grade. We played football together all throughout high school. He was a good a kid. Just one of those damn good kids. Always positive. Always smiling and laughing. Always leaning into a challenge. I liked him a lot - everyone did. Had you met him, you would've liked him too. He was just that kind of guy.

Unfortunately, I never again saw Tony after graduation. I went West, and he South, to Florida, to pursue his passion for aviation, and gain a commercial pilot's license. Obviously, somewhere along the path, he found his way to the Air Force.

Word is my old bro has got a real bad brain injury, along with significant burns.

My Heart aches for his parents, his little brother... his wife, their infant.

I haven't seriously cried in awhile but, today, the tears flow freely. This is really ripping me up inside. I just don't want to think about Tony hurt like that. I know, I'm selfish, and shortsighted. So be it... for now...

Sincere thanks to the PJ's, pilots, and crew that risked their lives to extricate, and evacuate Tony and the others. I can't even imagine.

My sympathies to the friends and families of those who gave the ghost that day.

Thanks for listening.

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Old 23 June 2010, 08:31
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