Capt David Anthony Wisniewski
Capt David A. Wisniewski of Moville, Iowa, is the son of Chet and Beverly Wisniewski. Academically minded and a gifted athlete, he graduated in 1998 from Woodbury Central High School. He then entered the United States Air Force Academy, graduating in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. In December of 2008 he completed training at the Advanced Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base. David was the pilot of a Air Force Black Hawk Helicopter and had four deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan. David had logged more than 1,500 flight hours, flown 289 combat hours and is credited with saving numerous lives, including several during his most recent deployment to Afghanistan, having rescued 240 soldiers. His Awards and Decorations include, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters and Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster. David had been selected to become an instructor at the Advanced Weapons School when his most recent tour was up. He was serving his fifth tour of duty in Afghanistan and was piloting a Black Hawk helicopter on a rescue mission when it was shot down. He died at age 31 at Bethesda Naval Hospital of wounds sustained June 9 in a helicopter crash near Forward Operating Base Jackson, Afghanistan. He leaves his parents, two brothers, Craig and Matthew, and his fiancée, Melissa Sandberg.
66th Rescue Squadron
Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada
Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 9178