Staff Sergeant Dashan Briggs was killed on March 15th in a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crash while serving with the 106th Rescue Wing in western Iraq. Details of the crash are still being investigated, however enemy involvement does not appear to be involved.
Dashan, age 30, is a resident of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., joined the Air National Guard in 2010 and was assigned as an HH-60G Special Missions Aviator. Dashan was currently serving a full-time role with the wing and assigned to the 101st Rescue Squadron. Previous deployments include Afghanistan as a munitions system specialist, and both Texas and the Caribbean in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Dashan was regarded as a man who would light up a room when he entered. He had an infectious laugh and great sense of humor. He was also the friend who would drop everything to help you in a time of need.
Raised by his grandfather and star player on his high school football team, Dashan was determined to create the best life for his family. On the football field and in the Military, Dashan never complained and worked hard to make himself an asset to his unit and pushed those around him to do the same.
Dashan served alongside my husband, and while I didn’t witness his military drive first hand, my husband had nothing but the best to say about him. On a personal level, we recently moved into a new home and I believe Dashan was the one who made it possible to move the entire contents of our home, 30 minutes away, in about 5 hours.
While talking with Rebecca, she expressed that she is concerned for the future other children. As a mother, that is the last thing we should be worried about. Dashan worked to provide the best life for his children. To that end, the funds raised are for Jayden and Ava. If they want to play sports, go to an amusement park, buy a new bike, or see a movie this money will be available to them so they can do the things that their dad would ensure they had. We as a community need to honor Dashan as an American Hero by making sure his children have all the opportunities that he was working so hard to provide.
Thank you for any and all contribution. A very good man was lost, selflessly putting his life on the line for his country…”That Others May Live”.
Dashan leaves behind his beautiful wife Rebecca, two-year-old son, Jayden, and one-year-old daughter, Ava.