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USMC Pilot Named Who Died in Nevada F/A-18 Accident

Reid Nannen pilot who lost his life in nevada training accident
Photo courtesy or the Captain Reid Memorial Page

Marine Corps Captain Reid “Eeyore” Nannen, father of four, has been identified as the pilot who who died in a training exercise in Nevada flying the F/A-18C, by a memorial fundraising effort.

Nannen, 32, of Hopedale, Ill., was assigned to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF, (Okinawa). Nannen was a student at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, but was permanently stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni since Aug. 3, 2012.

The Captain Reid Nannen Memorial Children’s Fund states,

“Reid was a fighter pilot through and through. He embodied all the qualities of the heroic aviators of old and was the leader of the new generation. His love of flying was surpassed only by his love of family. A devout father of four, his passion for family served as a gleaming example for all to emulate. There was no better husband, father or friend. He touched countless souls during his journey through life and the world is a better place for it. Help us ensure his family is supported through the troubling times ahead as well as to establish a solid foundation for his children so they can continue the path he started”

The plane crashed approximately 70 miles east of Naval Air Station Fallon, where it took crews several hours to reach the crash site due to snow storms and mountainous remote terrain.The crews who discovered the wreckage described it as a total loss.

The Marine jet was on loan to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center. On Sunday the Navy announced Sunday that the pilot had been killed in the crash in a Hornet, but has since released further updated information about the aircraft involved.

The Navy reported that no other injuries or damage resulted from the crash and that no munitions or weapons were present during the training flight.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Nannen’s loved ones. Please visit the memorial fund site if you would like to contribute the Reid Nannen family fund.

Captain Reid Nannen dies in Marine F/A-18 crash in Nevada
Photo courtesy or the Captain Reid Memorial Page

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  1. Condolences to his wife, children and parents. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful man, who believed in serving his country.May your memories bring you much comfort in the days to come. Semper Fi Captain Reid “Eeyore” Nannen, fly high.

  2. We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our Prayers, ~ A Navy Mom and a Marine daughter.

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with the Nannen families at this time of their terrible tragedy.. Reid was my daughter’s classmate, and a fine young man. I pray that you will find comfort in knowing that Reid gave his life in service for his country doing what he loved. God’s comfort and peace for all of you at this time and the days ahead. And, thank you Captain Reid Nannen, your service is appreciated.

  4. Today we honor you your family and salute you for defending our country and our freedom. God Bless your family and your soul. Rest In Peace CAPT NANNEN may your past be remembered forever. God Speed and Semper Fi !!
    Respectfully Sent
    Eric Salamun
    Red Devils FE

  5. There are no words that can comfort a grieving family of such a tragedy. Being the father of an AIR Force WSO who has lost a close friend, I know the pain you feel. There is One who can provide that comfort it is our Lord Jesus Christ may he carry you through this time.

  6. Thank you for your service, sir. My son remembers you well. My thoughts and prayers are with the Nannen family, and with Captain Nannen’s friends. ~~ A Proud Marine Mom

  7. Sir,
    It was a pleasure working with and for you, may your family remember all the great times, as I sure will and thank joyous for all the motivation great lessons that u bestowed upon me. You were an awesome pilot, Marine, husband and father and that your kids remember you as some one great who served his country. Fly hig, Ex Mors Tenibris and Semper Fi my brother.
    – Sgt Mora J
    Bats S-1

  8. I have been an able to wrap my head around this for days. America has lost a true American. His family has lost a father, husband, son, brother… My heart goes out to his family. Reid you will be truly missed.

  9. We cannot begin to imagine the depth of your loss and pain. What a horribly difficult week this must ave been for your entire family. To say “We are sorry for your loss”, rings hollow, but we truly are. Reid seems to have loved his country so much that he was willing to do the very dangerous work of a Marine aviator to protect us all.

    We continue to pray for you all.

    Deb and Jeff Rouse
    South Milwaukee, WI

  10. To Reid’s wife and children and to his parents and all those who were blessed to have known him, we send our profound expression of sorrow and loss. We too lost our oldest son in an F/A- 18 accident in the Persian Gulf sixteen years ago. All we can say is that time will ease the pain you are feeling now but Reid’s outstanding character, his mannerisms, his voice and the visual pictures in your mind, will be as clear decades from now as it is today and they will turn your grief into great joy that you were able to have him for the years that he was with us. We urge you to celebrate the man that he was. Take pride in the way he was raised and the man, husband and father he became. Allow, over time, for the unbearable grief to evolve into a celebration of his life and your lives will be enriched, as he would want them to be.

  11. God bless you and your family for the ultimate sacrifices you have made. My prayers are with all of you. As a marine mom, I thank you so much for keeping our country safe.

  12. My condolences to the family, friends and colleagues. Thank you for your service to our nation. God, please hold his family in your loving hands.

  13. May you find a Happy journey the the Hangar in the sky Captain Nannen, God bless and keep your family in one piece through these tragic times,, I salute you sir. keep the sun on your back and a breeze in your face….

  14. Thoughts and prayers to his family. As a Naval pilot Mom/Dad we can’t begin to imagine the pain this has caused. Our hearts go out to you. Rick & Sharon, Palmyra, WI

  15. My heartfelt condolences for the family of Reid Nannen who has lost a husband, father, son and son-in-law. Our son-in-law is a fellow pilot and friend of Reids and I cannot imagine your grief. Our prayers will be with you now and in the future.

  16. My heart goes out to Reid’s wife, children, mother, father, sisters, in-laws, relatives and friends.Reid you will be greatly missed by many. May God comfort your family and friends as you rest in God’s loving arms. Thank you Reid for your service.

  17. Heart felt condolences to the Nannen family. Rest assured that your heroic Captain is now flying with the angels.
    Semper Fi, Skipper. Lead the way,
    and give them a big OoooRaaah up in heaven.

  18. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. May you feel love and peace from joyful memories.

    Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in Peace, Marine. Semper Fi

    Amy Foster
    Carson City, NV

  19. God Bless your family and husband, I hope there is some comfort knowing he is flying with our father. My prayers.

  20. I am so sorry for your loss, you have my deepest condolences.
    God bless and comfort you all during this difficult time.

  21. Dear Captain Reid Nannen family, sorry for your loss of your loved one. My heart goes out to his wifer, children, parents,sisters, in-laws, and even friends. Cap. Nannen thank you so much for your serivce that you gave. My prayers are with your family and close friends.

  22. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Nannen family. We are so grateful for your service and sacrifice. God bless you all.

  23. There is no greater sacrifice….he is now with the greatest heroes. Our son is there too. May God bless his family with strength and courage.


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