Lt. Adam Horn, assigned to the Bear Aces of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124, eulogizes Lt. Misoslav Steven Zilberman during a memorial ceremony.
Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William Weinert
On March 31, 2010, Navy Lt. Miroslav "Steven" Zilberman was co-piloting an E-2C Hawkeye that went down in the Middle East.
The four crew members were en route to the aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower in the North Arabian Sea after flying a mission in Afghanistan. Along the way, one of the plane’s engines lost oil pressure, leading to it’s failure. Afterwards, one of the propellers couldn't be adjusted to balance the plane, and Zilberman realized there was no way to safely land the aircraft.
Zilberman instructed his co-pilot and the other two crew members to bail out. He manually held the plane steady so they could escape, but he was unable to follow. The plane then crashed into the water.
After three days, the Navy called off search and rescue efforts for the missing Zilberman, and the Department of Defense declared him deceased.
For his heroism, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross — the highest award that can be awarded to an aviator for valorous actions — in addition to the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Air Medal.
Nearly 250 sailors, officers, aviators, family members, and friends attended Zilberman’s funeral at the chapel aboard Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.
"Without his courageous actions, the entire crew would have perished," according to a citation written by Adm. Gary Roughead, then-chief of naval operations.
Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Zilberman’s family migrated to the United States when he was in middle school. After graduating high school in 1997 in Columbus, Ohio, he enlisted in the Navy.
After serving two years, he was selected for the Seaman to Admiral program, and completed college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.
As a pilot, he was assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.
Zilberman is survived by his parents, his wife Katrina, and their two children.
"Lt. Zilberman was an exceptional Naval Officer and pilot who embodied the best of what America represents," said then-captain Roy Kelley, who commanded Carrier Air Wing 7 at the time, according to a Navy release.
Photo: US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
A former sailor who was busted buying firearms with his military discount and then reselling some of them to criminals is proving to be a wealth of information for federal investigators.
Julio Pino used his iPhone to record most, if not all, of his sales, court documents said. He even went so far as to review the buyers' driver's license on camera.
It is unclear how many of Pino's customer's now face criminal charges of their own. Federal indictments generally don't provide that level of detail and Assistant U.S. Attorney William B. Jackson declined to comment.
Carson Thomas, a healthy and fit 20-year-old infantryman who had joined the Army after a brief stint in college, figured he should tell the medics about the pain in his groin he had been feeling. It was Feb. 12, 2012, and the senior medic looked him over and decided to send him to sick call at the base hospital.
It seemed almost routine, something the Army doctors would be able to diagnose and fix so he could get back to being a grunt.
Now looking back on what happened some seven years later, it was anything but routine.
U.S. Army Cpt. Katrina Hopkins and Chief Warrant Officer 2 James Rogers, assigned to Task Force Warhorse, pilot a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during a medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) operation at Camp Taji, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Javion Siders)
U.S. forces must now ask the Iraqi military for permission to fly in Iraqi airspace before coming to the aid of U.S. troops under fire, a top military spokesman said.
However, the mandatory approval process is not expected to slow down the time it takes the U.S. military to launch close air support and casualty evacuation missions for troops in the middle of a fight, said Army Col. James Rawlinson, a spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve.
The soldier who was arrested for taking an armored personnel carrier on a slow-speed police chase through Virginia has been found not guilty by reason of insanity on two charges, according to The Richmond-Times Dispatch.
Joshua Phillip Yabut, 30, entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle — in this case, a 12-ton APC taken from Fort Pickett in June 2018 — and violating the terms of his bond, which stemmed from a trip to Iraq he took in March 2019 (which was not a military deployment).