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1st Lt. Justin James Wilkens

February 18th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Born: February 7, 1986
Died: February 18, 2012 in Djibouti

1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens, 26, of Bend, Oregon was assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. He died February 18 when his U-28 aircraft was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. He entered the Air Force in 2009, receiving his commission through the Air Force Academy. 1st Lieutenant Wilkiens was a combat systems officer serving his third deployment.  He had been assigned to the 34th SOS at Hurlburt Field since April 2011 and had more than 400 combat hours. Also killed were: Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo.,  Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock, 29, of Newnan, Ga.,  and Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, 26, of Upper Marlboro, Md. Burial is at Pilot Butte Cemetery. Justin also has a memorial marker at ANC – Sec 60 Site 10124

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  1. shaker214
    January 24th, 2013 at 05:16 | #1

    It has been nearly one year since we lost our former Civil Air Patrol Cadet Commander and one of America’s finest Heroes, 1Lt Justin J. Wilkens. While I did not have the opportunity to meet Lt Wilkens, I have had the privilege of meeting his father and his brother during some of the local events where we honor our veterans and our young men and women that have sacrificed all for our freedom. I remember Congressman Greg Walden speaking at Lt Wilken’s memorial service and that I was very moved by the words Congressman Walden said. It was a very sad moment for myself and for my daughter, who is also in Civil Air Patrol, to see so many of the accomplishments achieved by an incredible young man, displayed at his memorial. Many of our CAP cadets attended the memorial for Lt Wilkens and I am sure that they will always remember his dedication for his country. As for the Wilkens family, please understand that my daughter and I think of you often and our thoughts and prayers are with you… and know that Justin will always be remembered. God Bless you!
    Dave Westoby

  2. Heather Oswald
    December 13th, 2014 at 17:12 | #2

    Rest in peace, Lt. Wilkens. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

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