WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National Commander Dale Barnett issued a statement today following a plane crash on Thursday, which resulted in the death of an aerobatics aviator.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels Pilot Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss was killed as he crashed an F/A-18 aircraft during an “afternoon practice” at the airport in Smyrna, Tenn., according to a statement released from the Naval Air Forces.
“The Legion is honored by the dedication of our Navy’s Blue Angels, and it is with a heavy heart that we extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the pilot who lost his life yesterday,” Barnett expressed.
With a current membership of 2.2 million wartime veterans, The American Legion, www.legion.org, was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation.