Henderson, Miles, CW2

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Chief Warrant Officer 2
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152F-AH-64A Attack Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
2006-2006, 152F, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade
Service Years
- 2006


Chief Warrant Officer 2

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Casualty Date
Nov 06, 2006
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
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 Official Badges 

French Fourragere 82nd Airbone Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Air Assault Badge 11th AAD 1964

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartCombat Helicopter Pilots AssociationArmy Aviation Association of America (AAAA)82nd Airborne Division Association
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
  2006, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2006, Combat Helicopter Pilots Association [Verified]
  2006, Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2006, 82nd Airborne Division Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2006, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator Badge (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
82nd Combat Aviation Brigade
  2006-2006, 152F, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade
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Last Known Activity

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Miles Henderson dies in helicopter crash


Miles Henderson became an Army aviator because he wanted to help avenge the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

He was married for just three weeks when he deployed overseas. On Monday he became the 2,268th soldier killed in action in Iraq.

Henderson was piloting an Apache helicopter over Salah ad Din Province, northwest of Baghdad, when he and another aviator were killed in the crash of an Apache helicopter gunship.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, according to the Army. Early reports did not indicate any hostile fire at the time he helicopter went down.

Henderson, 24, and his wife, Artis, both claimed Fort Myers as their hometown, although he was originally from Canadian, Texas, a panhandle town of about 2,300.

His wife could not provide many details about his death. She said she was still in a state of shock and disbelief this afternoon.

She learned of his death last night when she came home and found two uniformed army officers at her front door.

The words they spoke were the same ones so many others have had to hear during wartime, devastating in their simplicity.

"They said they regretted to inform me that Chief Warrant Officer Miles Henderson had been killed in action and that the matter was under investigation," Artis said.

"I just stood there in disbelief. There was no way I was mentally prepared for this."

Now, sometimes choking back tears, Artis said, she is left with memories of the man she married five short months ago.

"My regret is that I was so convinced this would never happen," she added. "I wish I had prepared some kind of speech or something to tell you what he was like. He was so young, so handsome. Everything one could ask for in a husband."

He was also, she said, a dedicated soldier.

"He always said if something happened to him to tell everyone he was proud to serve his country," she said. "He was honored to be there (Iraq). He said he worked with a wonderful group of guys and girls. I know he would have went there even if he knew it would turn out this way. He was one of those who believed he was making things safer for all of us."

At some point his remains will be brought back to his family and, according to his wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes scattered above his family"s ranch in Texas. For now, his widow -- a term she hasn't yet adjusted to -- lives with the memories of her whirlwind romance with the soldier a friend introduced her to.

She was working for then-Senator Bob Graham in Tallahassee and he was training at nearby Fort Rucker, Ala.

"It was just love at first sight," she said. "A friend introduced us and after that we were together every weekend. He was the man I had always dreamed about. He was so generous, so giving and so self sacraficing. I still haven1t accepted this."

In the cruel calculus of war, number 2,268 died in that Iraq crash. For Artis Henderson it was her true love.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Miles P. Henderson

Died November 06, 2006 serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom

24, of Amarillo, Texas; assigned to the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; died Nov. 6 of injuries sustained when his AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed in Balad, Iraq. Also killed was Chief Warrant Officer John R. Priestner.
Web-posted Friday, November 10, 2006
Soldier 'proud to serve'


Army Chief Warrant Officer Miles P. Henderson, 24, was killed Monday in Iraq.



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The truck would go to his father.

His wife was to remember he loved her.

His ashes were to be scattered at his parents' ranch near Canadian.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Miles P. Henderson of Amarillo had everything planned for his death, except the loss his family would feel.

Henderson's wife, Artis, thought his planning was all too surreal and now regrets not taking it seriously.

"I should have sat myself down and thought, 'If Miles passes, this is what will happen,'" she said Thursday, four days after the Apache helicopter Miles was in crashed in Balad, Iraq.

The crash that killed Henderson and Chief Warrant Officer John R. Priestner, 42, of Pennsylvania is under investigation.

"It was so surreal. He's 24 years old writing a will," Artis said.

Artis' disbelief began Monday when she arrived at her home in Fort Myers, Fla., to find two soldiers in her living room.

"I thought they were at the wrong house," said Artis, a widow after four months of marriage. "I had truthfully never prepared for this. I never let myself imagine this could happen."

"He was so proud to serve and honored to serve. He was truly doing this so no one else would have to."

- Artis Henderson, soldier's widow

Small of stature and huge of heart

The 24-year-old soldier stood 5 feet 7 inches, but loved ones say the small frame couldn't contain a proud, caring countenance.

"He was a loving, compassionate man," said Terry Henderson of her son.

Like most boys, Henderson played soldier growing up, but Terry never expected him to join until the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

"He had a strong conviction after 9/11. He always believed every man should take his turn at serving," Terry said Thursday. "I put Miles in the Lord's hands every morning since the day he was born, and that's where I put him every day and that's where he still is."

His sense of duty was strong enough that three weeks after marrying Artis, he left her to go serve his country as part of the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Mike Gerken, along with the rest of the family, had specific instructions if Henderson should die. Gerken, Henderson's uncle, said Henderson tried to prepare everyone for the possibility.

"We were to tell anybody that he loved the Lord, his family and his country and he felt honored to serve," Gerken said. "He was a totally honorable and respectful young man."

His death so close to Veterans Day has made the sacrifice even more poignant for those left behind.

"I think without a doubt it will impact our community more than ever," said Kyle Lynch, Henderson's Canadian High School football coach. "With this event, it drives that home even more. Miles is a community hero."

But Artis isn't ready to view Miles as a veteran just yet.

"I think for many people his death absolutely symbolizes everything Veterans Day is supposed to represent," Artis said. "The only thing I'm thinking is my husband is dead. Thinking of him in terms of a veteran is not really such an issue for me."

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