Maj Randell Dunton Voas

Maj Randell Dunton Voas

Birth
Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan
Death 9 Apr 2010 (aged 43)
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec 60 Site 9171
Memorial ID 50909181 · View Source
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Maj. Randell D. Voas of Lakeville, Minn., was one of the Air Force's most experienced and skilled V-22 "Osprey" pilots and his contributions to Air Force Special Operations Command and his country are immeasurable. Major Voas was born in 1967, at the Camp Kue U.S. Army Hospital in Okinawa. He grew up in Eden Prairie, MN and graduated in 1985 from Eden Prairie High School where he ran track and cross country. In 1989, he attended the University of Minnesota and received a BS degree in biology. Following college, Randy married his one and only love, Jill Saniti-Hippe in 1991, and shortly thereafter started his military aviation career in the US Army Warrant Officer Flight Training Program at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Following completion of flight school, Randy reported to Fulda, Germany, as an AH-64 Apache pilot with several aviation regiments. During his time in Germany, he served as an aircraft commander and supported numerous NATO missions. Following his assignment in Germany, Major Voas served with the elite 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell and the 5-501 at Camp Eagle, Korea. During his Army career, Randy received numerous military awards and honors and participated in countless DOD operations. In 2000, Major Voas was among a select group of Army pilots to transfer into the US Air Force to fly the MH-53 "Pavelow." Upon completion of officer training school at Maxwell AFB, he was assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron in Mildenhall, England. During the opening days of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Major Voas led a flight of two MH-53s on a demanding combat mission into northern Iraq in support of the largest airdrop since Vietnam. For his heroic actions he was awarded the Cheney Award which was presented by the Air Force Chief of Staff in 2003. Following his assignment in England, Major Voas was assigned the 23rd Flight Training Squadron as an Air Force instructor pilot, teaching and mentoring countless future Air Force helicopter pilots. in 2006, Major Voas was hand-picked as an initial cadre instructor pilot for the new CV-22 "Osprey" program. His talents and leadership abilities were recognized with this appointment and he was assigned to the 8th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, FL, while at the 8th, Major Voas served as a flight commander and evaluation pilot participating in operations "Iraqi Freedom" and "Enduring Freedom." Major Voas was a beloved son, husband, father, and friend. During his 19 years of military service, he accomplished a remarkable amount for both - Army and Air Force aviation. His final moments were a testimonial to all that he represented in life when he demonstrated his heroism by saving the lives of sixteen fellow comrades. Although his life was taken prematurely, his legacy will live forever through his family and the men and women that he so graciously took under his wing. Randy's undying support for his wife of 18 years, children and extended family, coupled with his integrity, intellect, and commitment to his country barely underscore the man we all knew and loved. Survived by loving wife, Jill Voas (Saniti-Hippe); daughter, Madeline 16, son, Mitchell 13, Shalimar, FL; mother and stepfather, Jo and Larry Kallemeyn, Spearfish, SD; father and stepmother, Dwaine and Vadis Voas, Burnsville, MN; brother, Jeffrey A. Voas, Seattle, WA. Preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Opal Beatty, Clarence "Dick" and Catherine Voas, and Jill's parents, Dean and Jean (Schwab) Hippe and grandparents, Paul and Lena Schwab. Randell was killed April 9th, 2010 near Kandahar, Afghanistan when the CV-22 he was piloting crashed during combat operations near the town of Qalat City. He was 43.


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  • Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 10 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50909181
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Randell Dunton Voas (7 Jan 1967–9 Apr 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50909181, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Reed (contributor 46561848) .