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.

Authors

  • Christopher D. Kolenda

    Adjunct Senior Fellow

    Christopher D. Kolenda, Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, is the Founder of the Strategic Leaders Academy and helps solo practitioners and small...