Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis was born March 31, 1986, in Miami, Florida. In 2004, he moved to Tallahassee, Florida, to study at Florida State University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. Sergeant Enis later returned to his studies at Florida State University and graduated in 2017 with a Master’s in Business Administration.
He was a pararescueman in the United States Air Force and was a member of the 308th Rescue Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
On March 15, 2018, at 31 years of age, Sergeant Enis was killed in a helicopter crash in western Iraq along with six others. Pararescuemen, or PJs, are elite Guardian Angel Airmen who serve as highly trained rescue specialists, providing life-saving trauma care and search and rescue. They are expert marksmen, parachutists, SCUBA divers, mountaineers, and trauma medics. They have a special skill set that allows them to perform rescue anytime, anywhere. They live by the Pararescue Creed: These things we do, that others may live.
Sergeant Enis embodied the PJ creed and, in 2013, was named 920th Rescue Wing Airman of the Year and Air Force Reserve Command Pararescueman of the Year. He was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal (with combat device.)
Sergeant Enis was a true American hero who was known to his family and friends as being the most genuine, selfless, talented, and humble man you would ever know. He was passionate about the outdoors and was an expert at hunting birds and big game as well as offshore fishing, spearfishing, and diving. He has left more lasting memories than most would in a longer lifetime.
Sergeant Enis is survived by his wife, Angela Drzewiecki; his mother, Dr. Colleen Enis; brother, Eddie Enis; and sister, Heather Hyatt.
A memorial service honoring the life of Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at the airfield at Ayavalla Plantation in Tallahassee. Memorial contributions may be made to Pararescue Foundation, Last Hope Rescue Florida, or That Others May Live Foundation.
Enis served as a pararescueman and was a member of the 308th Rescue Squadron from Patrick Air Force Base.
Memorial Service is March 31. 03:30 PM, Ayavalla Plantation, Gardner Road, Tallahassee, FL, US
Seven U.S. service members killed in Iraq helicopter crash
All seven service members aboard an American military helicopter that crashed in western Iraq late Thursday were killed, according to two U.S. military officials.
The crash of the U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter does not appear to be a result of enemy activity and the incident is under investigation, U.S. Central Command and military officials said.
"All personnel aboard were killed in the crash," said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jonathan P. Braga, the director of operations for the U.S.-led anti-Islamic State coalition in Iraq and Syria.
The helicopter was used by the Air Force for combat search and rescue, and was in transit from one location to another when it went down Thursday afternoon near the town of Qaim, where where the anti-ISIS coalition has an outpost near the Syrian border.
An accompanying U.S. helicopter immediately reported the crash and a quick reaction force comprised of Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition members secured the scene, according to a statement from CENTCOM.
"This tragedy reminds us of the risks our men and women face every day in service of our nations," said Braga. "We are thinking of the loved ones of these service members today."
"While the investigation is still ongoing, there is absolutely no reason to believe this involved enemy action," said Col. Thomas Veale, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State. "All indications are this was an accident during a routine troop movement. The Department of Defense will release casualty details after next of kin notifications are complete."
Defense Secretary James Mattis is aware of the incident, a spokesperson said.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the ISIS in Mosul in July. In the following months Iraqi forces retook a handful of other Islamic State-held towns including Tal Afar in August, Hawija in September and Qaim in October. In November, Iraqi forces retook the last Iraqi town held by Islamic State — Rawah, near the border with Syria.
The U.S.-led coalition has continued to work with Iraq and Syrian Democratic Forces to shore up the border region to make sure that foreign fighters and insurgents can't move freely across the region.
by COURTNEY KUBE, RICHARD ENGEL and PHIL HELSEL
US AIR FORCE
THAT OTHER MAY LIVE
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