May 28, 2021

This Memorial Day, remember those who died in Afghanistan, and the loved ones they left behind

Featuring Christopher D. Kolenda

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Journalist Bill Glauber

It was a graduation gift from his mother, a chance to skydive.

Quinn Johnson-Harris of Milwaukee made that first jump and declared: "I'm going to live in the sky."

And he did, joining the U.S. Air Force after graduating from Homestead High School, carving out a career and a calling, visiting 17 countries as he served his nation, just like his brothers and grandfather.

On Oct. 2, 2015, Johnson-Harris, an aircraft loadmaster, was on a C-130J Super Hercules plane that took off from Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan.

The flight lasted 28 seconds. There was a stall. The plane crashed, killing all 11 people on board, and three others on the ground.

Quinn was 21

Read the full article and more from the Milwaukie Journal Sentinel.


  • Christopher D. Kolenda

    Adjunct Senior Fellow

    Christopher D. Kolenda, Ph.D., founder of the Strategic Leaders Academy, works with leaders who want to apply military and history lessons to create sustainable growth and dra...