Fallen Night Stalkers Honored with Memorial

One of the places terrorists are most active is Afghanistan. Just last week, 16 US special forces troops lost their lives when insurgents shot down their helicopter.

Eight of them were Night Stalkers of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. Seven were based out of Hunter Army Airfield. Today, Hunter held a special memorial for them.

As their motto says, Night Stalkers don't quit. But today, they paused to mourn seven of their own.

"These guys can't be replaced, as individuals, as people," said Maj. Chad Chasteen. "So we will feel that pain, the loss of just knowing them as individuals, indefinitely."

The focus for many now turns to the loved ones left behind.

"I would do anything I could, to have been there with those soldiers in their last moments. Sadly I couldn't. The only extension to that that I have is to be with their families," said chaplain Capt. Brad Lewis.

These families will  now become even more a part of the Night Stalker family. They're very well known for being a very tight-knit group, and the families will probably see quite a bit of support from the 160th for years.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com