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Andrew W Harvell

Long Beach, California

August 6, 2011

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
26 Air Force SSG

24th Special Tactics Squadron

Pope Field, North Carolina

 Killed in Wardak province, Afghanistan, when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down.

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U S Air Force Staff Sgt, Combat Control Team, 24th Special Tactics Squadron based at Fort Bragg's Pope Field, one of 30 U.S. Military servicemen, 22 Navy personnel, including 15 SEALs, 3 Air Force troops, 5 Army air crew and military dog Bart (ST6 K-9), killed when their CH-47 Chinook, a U.S. military helicopter was shot down in eastern Afghanistan. Harvell, 26, was from Long Beach, Calif.

A Hero Mission for Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif. will be held at the Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos time on Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 2 p.m. Attendees are asked to arrive at 1:30 p.m. to allow time for parking and walking to the airfield. Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26, of Long Beach, Calif. died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when their CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed. Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell a Combat Controller, was assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, N.C. The Harvell family requests to have public and media present, with coordination done through Honoring Our Fallen. HOF works with (Military) Casualty Assistance Officer to provide support to family and assist in coordination for the Dignified Transfer of Remains. Additionally, the Harvell family invites friends and community to attend memorial services on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. held at Forest Lawn-Long Beach, located at 1500 East San Antonio Drive Long Beach, CA 90807 and internment at Los Angeles National Cemetery, located at 950 Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA.
Hunting Beach News (CA) Sept 6 2011 
From SgtMascsbar

Hand-picked after joining the Air Force, candidates for the Special Tactics Squadron must successfully complete three years of arduous training before they can be assigned to a unit, according to retired Air Force Col. John Carney.
"Out of 100 people who go into that rigorous training, maybe 10 of them will make it out," said Carney, who is credited with creating the special tactics units in the 1980s.

Staff Sergeant Andrew W. Harvell was a Combat Controller assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Field, NC. Sergeant Harvell was born in Long Beach, California, on 26 September 1984; he was 26 years old. Sergeant Harvell attended Millikan High School in Long Beach. After graduating from high school in June 2002, Sergeant Harvell enlisted in the Air Force and arrived at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, in November 2002. Upon graduation from Basic Military Training, he immediately entered the Combat Control training pipeline. Over the next 24 months, Sergeant Harvell completed numerous Air Force and joint service training schools such as Army Airborne School, Air Force Survival School, Air Force Air Traffic Control School and Air Force Combat Control School. He was then assigned to the Special Tactics Training Squadron where he completed the Special Forces Combat Dive Course, Special Forces Military Freefall School and all upgrade requirements for combat-mission-ready status as a Combat Controller. In January 2006, Sergeant Harvell was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina, where he completed four combat deployments in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, as well as numerous joint exercises and training events.

While at Pope, Sergeant Harvell successfully assessed for the 24th Special Tactics Squadron and was assigned to the unit in May of 2009. He was on his second deployment with the squadron in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Sergeant Harvell‘s military awards include the Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Joint Service Commendation medal, the Join Service Achievement Medal, and the Air Force Combat Action Medal. He was a stat-line jumpmaster.

On the night of 6 August 2011, Sergeant Harvell was part of an elite special operations team executing a helicopter assault into the Tangi Valley, Wardak Province, Afghanistan. While approaching the target, their CH-47 helicopter was shot down, killing everyone on board.

Andy perished as a warrior, taking the fight to our nation‘s enemies. He is survived by his wife, Krista, two sons Hunter and Ethan, father John Harvell, mother Jane Maher, brother Technical Sergeant Sean Harvell, and sister Anales Eder.

Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, USAF, 26, of Long Beach, Calif., was killed along with 29 other United States service members in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter crash in Wardak province, Afghanistan. Harvell, who graduated from Miliken High School in 2002, lived in North Carolina with his wife, Krista, and two children, Hunter and Ethan. He was also survived by his parents, John Harvell and Jane Maher, his brother, Sean, and sister Analese Eder.

“He [Andrew] was a warrior and took to the enemy without hesitation, but when home, he was kind, gentle, patient and completely loving to our children and myself.”

– Krista Harvell, via Air Force News

The Travis Manion Foundation honored Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell with 30 other Fallen Heroes through our Character Does Matter program at the Westover School in Middlebury, Conn., on Jan. 18, 2013.

Friends have ‘heavy hearts’ after airmen deaths

By David Larter
Staff writer

One was a medic who abandoned plans to become a nurse anesthetist when he saw a recruiting ad for special operations. Another was a high school football player and wrestler who knew how to make people laugh. The third had a “terrier-type” mentality, according to his football coach.

All three were among the Air Force’s elite — assigned to the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at Pope Field, N.C. And all three died Aug. 6, when the Taliban presumably shot down their Chinook helicopter during a night raid with soldiers and Navy SEALs.

“This crash leaves us in AFSOC with heavy hearts,” said Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, commander of Air Force Special Operations Command.

Friends remembered Tech. Sgts. John Brown and Daniel Zerbe, both pararescuemen, and Staff Sgt. Andy Harvell, a combat controller, as lifelong athletes who were proud of their jobs.

Brown, 33, grew up in Siloam Springs, Ark. The Pentagon listed his hometown as Tallahassee, Fla.

His mother, Elizabeth Newlun, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that she was maintaining her composure so she could tell people about her son.

“I think I’m internally very upset. But at the same time, I’m so very proud of my son,” Newlun said. “I want to make sure that everyone knows that he’s a hero. I can fall apart later.”

Brown attended John Brown University with plans of becoming a nurse anesthetist but joined the military after seeing a video about special operations units. He was also an athlete, Newlun said. He swam and played basketball.

“He just loved anything physical, anything athletic,” she said. “If I wanted to have a conversation with him that was serious, I would have to shoot baskets with him. There’s nothing athletic about me, but I realized that you have to get into other people’s comfort zone to get information.”

An Arkansas state representative and friend of Brown’s, Jon Woods, also remembered his athleticism.

“When you think of what the ideal model of a soldier would be, he would be it,” Woods told AP. “He could run all day. We lived down the street from each other and spent time together after school and hung out. Even if we had a long day of practice, he would put on his sneakers and run after practice.”

Zerbe, 28, grew up in York, Pa., and played for Red Lion Area High School’s football and wrestling teams.

His coach, George Shue, told The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News that Zerbe was a team player. He said he saw Zerbe about three years ago, and though he didn’t talk a lot about what he did for the Air Force, he was proud of his job saving lives.

“He was proud of what he was doing,” Shue told The Patriot-News. “I know he was doing what he wanted to be doing. I hope something we taught him about being a team player carried on to his life’s mission.”

Zerbe’s friends and acquaintances took to Facebook to share memories.

One friend said Zerbe’s good attitude was infectious.

“I still remember the days of you goofing around,” the friend wrote. “The smile you had that lit up a room and how you always made people laugh. Dan you are a true hero: my hero.”

Others wrote about his ability to cheer up friends.

“Dan, you always made me laugh when I wanted to cry,” a friend wrote. “That, I’ll always remember. You were sweet, kind and absolutely funny.”

Harvell, 26, grew up in Long Beach, Calif. He lived with his wife and two small children in North Carolina, near Pope Field, according to the Los Angeles NBC affiliate.

His football coach at Miliken High School in California remembered Harvell as having the “heart of a lion” and said he brought a “terrier-type mentality” with him to every game.

“He had to because he was too small, too slow, but not when you took into account his heart,” Kurt Diego told KNBC-TV. “It didn’t surprise me at all when he chose to go into the military. He was always a guy that gave every ounce of whatever he had.”

Harvell’s older brother, Staff Sgt. Sean Harvell, also is a combat controller and received two Silver Stars last year for actions in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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