26 Sep 2005:
IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 26, 2005
DoD Identifies Army Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of five soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died southwest of Deh Chopan, Afghanistan, on Sept. 25, when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed.
Chief Warrant Officer John M. Flynn, 36, of Sparks, Nev. Flynn was assigned to the Army National Guard's 113th Aviation Regiment, Stead, Nev.
Warrant Officer Adrian B. Stump, 22, of Pendleton, Ore. Stump was assigned to the Army National Guard's 113th Aviation Regiment, Pendleton, Ore.
Sgt. Tane T. Baum, 30, of Pendleton, Ore. Baum was assigned to the Army National Guard's 113th Aviation Regiment, Pendleton, Ore.
Sgt. Kenneth G. Ross, 24, of Peoria, Ariz. Ross was assigned to the Army's 7th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, Giebelstadt, Germany.
Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart, 35, of Fernley, Nev. Stewart was assigned to the Army National Guard's 113th Aviation Regiment, Stead, Nev.
For further information related to this release, contact Army Public Affairs at (703) 692-2000.
A Mountain View High School graduate was among those killed when a U.S. military helicopter crashed Sunday in Afghanistan.
Kenneth G. Ross, 24, who grew up on the Northwest Side, was in the helicopter when it went down in a mountainous area near Kabul plagued by Taliban violence, killing all five American crew members. The U.S. military said there was no sign that it had been shot down.
Ross, a 1999 graduate of Mountain View, joined the Army right after graduation, his sister, Stephanie Ross, said late Monday from the family's home.
Though he played soccer and football before high school, he focused on his place in the drum line of the marching band while in high school, said David Ross, Kenneth's father.
He had been talking with Army recruiters all through his senior year of high school, and joining the military is what he wanted to do, Stephanie Ross said.
Ross was assigned to the Army's 7th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment in Giebelstadt, Germany, according to a news release from the Defense Department.
In addition to his father and sister, Ross is survived by his mother, Mary.
He is the second Mountain View graduate killed in conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.
14 Sep 2005
If it is possible please send my troops and I the following items:
Any kind of dvd no matter how old (we need something!)
Pictures from home, people, etc.
We have received plenty of hygiene items so thank you all for that. I think that we now have enough for the next few months.
Thank you all for your support it means a lot to us!
23 Jul 2005
I am Ken Ross. I am from Tucson,Az. I have been in the army for six years now, and this is my second deployment. The living conditions here are not that bad.
Post cards/ letters
Powder drink mixes
*Be shore to enclose your return address so that I may send a little thank you note.
*I would like that people enclose a picture of themselfs with their letters.