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Old 04-17-2013, 08:47 AM   #21  
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The Koontz family has requested widest dissemination of the following information:

- A fund has been established for family expenses and Zach Koontz's care at The Bank & Trust, PO Box 385, Brackettville, TX, 78832. Please make checks out to the Bank & Trust Koontz Memorial Fund. Specify account #3540332 in the memo line.

- The family will welcome visitors on Sunday, 21 Apr 2013, from 1500-1700 at the Civic Center in Brackettville. The memorial will be on Monday, 22 Apr 2013 at 1000. Location TBD. A graveside service will follow for immediate family only.

- Digital copies of photos of the family have been requested to be included in a slideshow for the services. Please forward photos to Maj Jerry Reynolds, [email protected]

- To protect Zach's privacy, the family has requested that photos of Zach not be posted on any social media websites.
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Old 04-18-2013, 08:29 PM   #22  
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Laughlin officer killed in vehicle accident

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4/15/2013 - LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- An Air Force reserve instructor pilot and civilian employee was killed along with his wife and two daughters near San Antonio, Texas, April 13.

Lt. Col. Kenneth Koontz, a civilian simulator instructor and member of the 96th Flying Training Squadron was killed in a traffic accident on U.S. Route 90.

"Lt. Col. Kenneth 'Jughead' Koontz was one of the most seasoned T-6 instructor pilots at Laughlin," said Lt. Col. Sean Garrett, 96th FTS commander. "He was a valued and trusted leader within the 96th FTS and he was loved by the students, having recently been named the 'Best Guest Help IP' by Class 13-15."

Each pilot training class has instructor pilots who do not fly with them on a day-to-day basis, but do fly with them regularly. These instructor pilots are known informally as 'Guest Help IPs' and each class picks their favorite, as well as favorite simulator instructor. Koontz had been picked a number of times for these awards.

While Lt. Col. Koontz loved teaching students how to fly, it wasn't his top priority, explained Garrett.

"Jughead was a man of strong faith, and spending time with his family was always his priority. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him," said Garrett.

Before joining the Air Force Reserve, Koontz was in the Navy for 15 years. He became an Air Force reservist in 2006.

Many of the training flights for April 15 were curtailed as students and squadron members dealt with their grief.

"Our priorities right now are to help this family any way we can and to ensure our team is mentally ready to resume flight training," said Col. Tom Murphy, 47th Flying Training Wing commander. "Lt. Col. Koontz was a civilian employee and a Reserve lieutenant colonel, exemplifying what an Airman is all about, and he established a very high standard of excellence along the way. He and his family were deeply ingrained into the Laughlin, Brackettville and Del Rio communities. This is a tragedy and they will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Koontz family and friends."

Koontz flew 894 sorties equaling 5,656.5 flight hours during his career; 4,456 of those hours were in the Navy and 1,200 hours in the Air Force. He also had 2,036 hours in a simulator.

"That means he probably worked with 1,800 students in the SIMs alone," said Mr. Danny Williams, Director of Sims and Academics.

"The number of students Lt. Col. Koontz has worked with and helped shape into remarkable pilots is a testament to his skills and talents," said Murphy. "He helped us graduate the world's best pilots. That is a fact!"
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Thanks to all of the Navy brothers that made the trek out to lay our friends to rest. What a showing. Just goes to show how much Jughead and his family meant to us all. Fair winds and following seas Koontz family. We'll watch after Zach for you.
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Drunk driver who killed family of four gets 57 years

It won't bring them back, but this guy won't be able to do this again. At 61 years of age, he must serve half of the 57 year sentence before being eligible for parole. That will make him 86 before his first parole hearing.
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57 years is not nearly enough for what he did. It should be 57 x 4 to be served back-to-back.
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Old 10-21-2014, 05:29 PM   #26  
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Vengeance is mine, says the Lord. I do however, agree with you. How do we stop this madness known as drunk driving? For one, it is NOT a disease. We have the GIFT of free-will; that SOB chose to dump a fifth of scotch down his throat and get BTW. A disease? Cancer is a disease. MURDER is not!
Anyone CONVICTED of DUI should have an OBVIOUS licence plate that identities such.
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