On January 25, 2015, two Marines were killed during training when their helicopter crashed in Twentynine Palms, California, at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Major Elizabeth Kealey and Captain Adam Satterfield were stationed at Marine Corps base Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California and were flying a Third Marine Aircraft Wing UH-1Y Huey helicopter.
Family members, along with friends, veterans and fellow Marines paid tribute to the Major Kealey and Captain Satterfield in late January.
Michelle Moons, a friend and former PolitiChick writer, was a friend of Major Kealey’s, also known as Betsy. In a February 23 Breitbart article, Michelle remembers Kealey:
Betsy was a remarkable woman devoted to her faith, family and friends. Just a few weeks ago, members of a Bible study group Betsy was a part of got together to celebrate her life with hugs, tears and joy-filled memories. An extraordinary willingness to put her needs aside to offer her time, love and care to others marked her life, as did her great humility.
Major Elizabeth Kealey was only 32.
According to Breitbart,
Captain Adam Satterfield was only 25 years old the day of the crash, but displayed great commitment to excellence in his performance during his time in the Marines. “Adam enjoyed spending time with his wife, Kayla and their dog Izzy. He was very active and loved outdoor activities, and had a passion for life.
Captain Satterfield’s family requested that donations be made to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, and Major Kealey’s family requested donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.