USS ESSEX --
Lance Cpl. Joshua E. Barron, 24, of Spokane, Washington died Sunday of injuries sustained when the MV-22B Osprey he was aboard crashed while conducting training at Marine Corps Training Area - Bellows.
Barron was a tiltrotor crew chief assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (Rein.), 15th MEU. He was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station
Miramar prior to deploying with the MEU.
"Words cannot express our sorrow at the tragic loss of this fine young man. He is the best our nation has to offer," said Col Vance L. Cryer, commanding officer, 15th MEU. "Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family and the families of all the Marines involved in Sunday's crash. If there is anything positive to relay in this situation it is that the heroic, selfless actions of the Marines aboard the aircraft along with the quick life saving actions of the civilian and military first responders."
"We appreciate the thoughts, prayers, and support we have received as we continue to care for the injured and mourn our fallen Marine. We will continue our training, and we remain focused on ensuring that the MEU is fully prepared and postured as our nation's Global Response Force."
I Marine Expeditionary Force is coordinating the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash. Media can contact I MEF Public Affairs for further information.
For additional information contact 15th MEU PAO at firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com and 760-846-1320.
I MEF PAO: 760-277-7823 and 760-763-7047.