Yesterday morning in Southern Afghanistan we lost 4 heroes. An AH-1W Cobra and UH-1N Huey collided conducting combat operations in the early morning hours prior to sunrise. The AH-1W crew was killed on impact and one pilot and a crew chief from the UH-1N was killed. The other UH-1N pilot was able to land the damaged aircraft and is now in critical condition with an amputated leg. His ability to land the badly damaged aircraft though was able to allow one surviving crew chief from the collision. I will not say names, because they have not been released to the public. I knew all involved as they replaced our unit in Iraq prior to relocating to Afghanistan last July. Our community is small and we are a family. A loss is felt by everyone. We train together, fight together, and all share our passion for protecting our brothers on the ground. You will not find finer Marines, aviators, and men than those that have passed on. May your service to your country, to the Marine Corps, or your memory ever be forgotton. Semper Fi brothers. Going to miss you at the homecoming in 3 weeks.