To: Scott Jenkins,
Date: Thu Jun 19 21:58:33 MDT 2014
Greetings from Layton, Mr. Jenkins,
I am respectfully inquiring about the Khobar Towers investigation. On June 25th, 1996, a deadly terrorist attack killed nineteen members of the Air Force as well as wounding hundreds of others at Khobar Towers in Dharan Saudi Arabia. I feel that the families of the 19 as well as the hundreds of wounded in this attack in the pre 9-11 era feel that the investigation has gone nowhere. I am quite certain that it has been said that no matter how long it takes, the perpetrators will be brought to justice. As we are coming up on the 18th anniversary of this attack on Wednesday, I was wondering what has become of the investigation. Although not stationed at Langley, I was assigned to the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, Florida. Our unit lost twelve Airmen--the others were from Patrick AFB, Shaw AFB and other logistic / intel locations. I know that many of the men who died and were wounded fell under ACC Headquarters here at Langley AFB. Air Combat Command took quite a hit that day, and my life, along with that of hundreds wounded and hundreds more family members, was forever changed.
In these years that have followed that dreadful night, I’ve been passionate about ensuring that the memory of these nineteen American heroes remains kindled. I educate or remind people of the attack on a daily basis, somewhere in my endeavors. I’ve been appointed VP of the Khobar Towers Bombing Survivors’ Association (KTBSA.com) and am developing a commemorative book encompassing not only the stories from and about my friends and comrades but also, the betrayals, lack of diligence and cover-ups that accompanied this historic and horrific tragedy.
Throughout my field research, I have approached individuals from all walks of life: executives, news journalists, active and retired military members, Vietnam veterans, doctors, lawyers and citizens who would have been older than 30 on that fateful night. I always ask the same three questions and, 99.5% of the time, get the same associated response:
Do you remember / have you heard of the attack on the USMC barracks in Lebanon that killed over 200 US Marines? ANSWER: Yes, I do
Do you remember/ have you heard of the attack on the USS Cole that took the lives of several sailors? RESPONSE: Yes, I do
I pull out my Khobar Towers Commemorative coin, with the image of Dorm 131 after the bombing vividly rendered upon it. On the reverse are the names of the nineteen American Airmen who died on 25 June 1996. I ask the same type of question: Do you remember / have you heard of the attack on Al Khobar Towers, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia on June 25, 1996? RESPONSE: Ranges from a direct “no, I never have heard about that" to a shameful admission, eyes toward the ground, that the person had maybe heard of it once or that they didn't recall it at all. This response comes from the very wisest veterans, businessmen, professors, doctors and lawyers.
Please, may I request of you that you pause for a moment on Wednesday June 25th and remember the nineteen American Airmen who died that day. Their names are:
Capt Christopher J. Adams
Capt Leland T. Haun
MSgt Michael G. Heiser
MSgt Kendall K. Kitson, Jr.
SSgt Kevin J. Johnson
SSgt Ronald L. King
Sgt Millard D. Campbell
TSgt Daniel B. Cafourek
TSgt Patrick P. Fennig
TSgt Thanh Van Nguyen
SrA Earl F. Cartrette, Jr.
SrA Jeremy A. Taylor
A1C Christopher Lester
A1C Brent E. Marthaler
A1C Brian W. McVeigh
A1C Peter J. Morgera
A1C Joseph Rimkus
A1C Joshua E. Woody
A1C Justin R. Wood
Also please spare a thought for the hundreds of wounded (both visibly and not-so-visibly) whom to this day carry the scars of the intense chaos and carnage of that night 18 years ago.
Patricia L. Israel, TSgt, USAF (Ret)
329 N 1500 E
Layton UT 84040