TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — The Corps has named a pilot killed when his F/A-18C fighter jet crashed in the Southern California desert.
The say 36-year-old Maj. Richard of Arcadia, a Los Angeles suburb, was killed Friday.
was assigned to Fighter Attack Squadron 232, stationed at Corps Air Station Miramar in the San Diego area.
The said Saturday that twin-engine Hornet crashed during a close air support mission. It was part of a pre-deployment training exercise at Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms east of Los Angeles.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
joined the in 2005 and served in Afghanistan four years ago. He also had several deployments to Japan.