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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 014-02
January 09, 2002

DOD IDENTIFIES SEVEN MARINES KILLED IN KC-130/R CRASH

The Department of Defense announced that the following Marines were killed as a result of the crash of a KC-130/R aircraft in Pakistan today:

Command Pilot: Capt. Matthew W. Bancroft, 29, of Shasta, Calif. He joined the Marine Corps in 1994.

Co-Pilot: Capt. Daniel G. McCollum, 29, of Richland, S.C. He joined the Marine Corps in 1993.

Flight Engineer: Gunnery Sgt. Stephen L. Bryson, 35, of Montgomery, Ala. He joined the Marine Corps in 1983.

Loadmaster: Staff Sgt. Scott N. Germosen, 37, of Queens, N.Y. He joined the Marine Corps in 1982.

Flight Mechanic: Sgt. Nathan P. Hays, 21, of Lincoln, Wash. He joined the Marine Corps in 1999.

Flight Navigator: Lance Cpl. Bryan P. Bertrand, 23, of Coos Bay, Ore. He joined the Marine Corps in 1998.

Radio Operator: Sgt. Jeannette L. Winters, 25, of Du Page, Ill. She joined the Marine Corps in 1997.

The Marines are assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352), the "Raiders." Elements of VMGR-352 are attached to Combined Task Force 58, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. VMGR-352 is home-based at the Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Calif.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.