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Technical Sergeant Glenn "Rocco" Lastes

Technical Sergeant Glenn "Rocco" Lastes

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Stationed: RAF Mildenhall, UK
Unit Assigned: Det 2, 25th Intelligence Operations Squadron
Date Fell: Thursday, March 31st, 2005
TSgt Lastes grave in Arlington National Cemetery

TSgt Lastes' grave in the Arlington National Cemetery, VA

Albania Plane Crash Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery

Albania Plane Crash Memorial with TSgt Lastes in the Arlington National Cemetery, VA

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TSgt Glenn Paul "Rocco" Lastes, age 39, from Southington, Connecticut, was killed in a plane crash in Albania.

He was born on September 9th, 1965.

He was an Albanian Linguist.

An MC-130H Combat Talon II, USAF 87-0127, c/n 5118, "Wrath 11", of the 7th Special Operations Squadron, 352d Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall, departed Tirana-Rinas Airport, Albania, for a night training mission to work on terrain-following and avoidance skills, airdrops and landing using night-vision goggles.

The aircraft was flying 300 feet above the mountainous terrain when it was approaching a ridge. The airplane was not able to clear the ridge and stalled as the crew attempted to climb away. The aircraft struck the ridge, destroying the aircraft and killing all nine crew members on board, including TSgt Lastes.

He is buried in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, Section 60, Site 7958.