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Marine Capt Jahmar Resilard Identified as Pilot Killed in F/A-18 Crash

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Marine Capt Jahmar Resilard loved aviation, even when he was a kid. He grew up to become an F/A-18 pilot in the Marine Corps. But on December 6 about 200  miles from Japan, his plane collided with a KC-130 tanker as we previously reported. His crew member is in fair condition,  5 Marines are still missing from the tanker…unfortunately, the Captain did not survive the crash.

Captain Resilard, 28, was from Miramar, Florida. The Miami Herald reported that when he was 15, he enjoyed Aviation as part of the Civil Air Patrol.

As a student at Miramar High School, Resilard was a member of the Broward school’s Civil Air Patrol, a civilian auxiliary unit for the Air Force. Then 15 and a sophomore, he was one of four students tasked with helping restore a vintage, four-engine Eastern Airlines DC-7B.

“You feel like you’re working on a part of history,” Resilard told the Miami Herald at the time.  Miami Herald excerpt

He was assigned to Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 (The Bats), stationed on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi, Japan. According to the III MEF, his decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.

“The Bats are deeply saddened by the loss of Captain Jahmar Resilard. He was an effective and dedicated leader who cared for his Marines and fellow fighter pilots with passion. His warm and charismatic nature bound us together and we will miss him terribly. We honor his service and his contribution to the Marine Corps and our great nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.” Lieutenant Colonel James Compton, commanding officer of Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242

Florida Governor Rick Scott posted this in response to the news of Captain Resilard’s passing:

“Ann and I are heartbroken to learn of the death of Floridian and U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Jahmar Resilard. As an F/A-18 fighter pilot in the Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 242 stationed on Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Yamaguchi, Japan, Capt. Resilard defended the freedom and democracy of not only the United States but of families in nations across the globe.

The loss of Capt. Resilard is a somber reminder of the danger our servicemen and women both home and abroad place themselves in every day to keep us safe. The entire State of Florida joins Capt. Resilard’s family in honoring his bravery and legacy of service.” Florida Gov Rick Scott

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