Billings, Randy L., CW2

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Last Rank
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
153E-MH-60 Pilot
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
2009-2013, 153E, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1997 - 2013
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom


Chief Warrant Officer 2

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
2317 Spain Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502

Casualty Date
Dec 17, 2013
Hostile, Died
IED-Improvised Explosive Device
Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)/Operation Noble Lance
Location of Interment
Florida National Cemetery - Bushnell, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

1st Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
GWOT FallenPost 1311, Wewoka PostIraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)Wounded Warrior Project
Chapter 563Fort Riley Chapter Life Member
  2013, GWOT Fallen [Verified]1
  2013, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 1311, Wewoka Post (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) (Henryetta, Oklahoma) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2013, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Wounded Warrior Project [Verified]
  2013, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 563 (Sergeant At Arms) (Claremore, Oklahoma) - Chap. Page
  2013, Society of 1st Infantry Division , Fort Riley Chapter (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) [Verified]
  2013, Combat Helicopter Pilots Association, Life Member (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) [Verified]

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Action 1st Award
Aviator Badge (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd  Battalion, 1st Aviation 1st Infantry Division
  2009-2013, 153E, 3rd Battalion, 1st Aviation
  2009-2013, 153E, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2003-2010 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
  2013-2013 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) /OEF - Afghanistan
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Army CW2 Randy L Billings, 34, of Heavener, Oklahoma. Died December 17, 2013, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. Died of injuries sustained when the Black Hawk transport he was piloting crashed in the Shajoe District, Zabul Province, Afghanistan. Initial reports indicate the crash was due to mechanical failure.

Chief Warrant Officer 2, Randy Lee Billings U.S. Army, age 34, Manhattan, KS died December 17, 2013 in a helicopter crash while serving with NATO forces in Now Bahar, Afghanistan. Five of his fellow soldiers died in the same crash. He was born on September 1, 1979 in Poteau, Oklahoma and served our country proudly for over 16 years. He was assigned to the U.S. Army, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion from Ft. Riley, Kansas and served two deployments in Afghanistan and two in Iraq. Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Ashley Weaver Billings, Manhattan, KS; his father, Robert Billings and step-mother, Sheryl Brown, both of Heavener, OK; his step-father, Richard D. Cooper, mother, Eva M. Cooper and half-brother PFC Scotty J. Woodral, all of Poteau, OK; and all of his family and friends across the world. Family, friends, and military personnel will celebrated his life on Saturday, January 4, 2014, 11:00 AM at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1100 W. Highland Blvd., Inverness, FL. Military Honors and burial followed at Florida National Cemetery. 

The Husband and Family of his Mother Eva May Cooper have planned a Memorial service in Poteau to be held on Jan 11th 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Poteau.   
There will be Honors given by The Oklahoma Army National Guard, The Choctaw Nation Color Guard, The Local D.A.V., The Patriot Guard Riders, and other organizations. All are welcome to attend.
The maternal Family humbly asks that instead of sending Flowers, to please donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, or The Fisher House Foundation in the name of CW2 Randy L. Billings.

Story by: Capt. Andrew Cochran 
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Soldiers throughout Task Force Demon, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division paid tribute to their five fallen brothers of Aerosmith 35 in a Dec. 21 memorial ceremony at Kandahar Airfield.

The five Soldiers died Dec. 17 on Aerosmith 35, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, when the helicopter crashed Dec. 17 in Zabul Province, Afghanistan. Soldiers killed in the crash included Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy Billings, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua Silverman, Sgt. 1st Class Omar Forde, Sgt. Peter Bohler and Spc. Terry Gordon.
A memorial ceremony is scheduled for early this month at Fort Riley.
Senior leaders from across Regional Command-South and hundreds of CAB Soldiers paid their respects during the Dec. 21 memorial ceremony, hosted by chaplain (Maj.) Joshua Gilliam, 1st CAB.
Col. Matthew Lewis, commander, TF Demon, reminded the Soldiers of the importance of the mission and the task which lays ahead.
"I want you to know how proud I am of all of you. This is a team effort, and your importance to the mission is not defined by your proximity to the target," Lewis said. "Do not let this incident dampen your spirits. Do not give the enemy that victory. Rather, use this tragedy to strengthen your resolve and renew your commitment to one another and the mission."
Capt. Andrew Wempe, commander, Company B, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st CAB, lost an entire crew with the crash of Aerosmith 35.
"These men paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our way of life. They were experts and professionals in what they did as Soldiers and aviators, and were friends to us all," Wempe said. "If they were here, they would all stand in front of the company, tell us to raise our heads high and get back into the fight. Although we grieve their loss, the 'Black Knights' will honor their sacrifice by continuing our mission here in Afghanistan until everyone comes home."

Capt. Christopher Loftus, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st CAB, had this to say about Forde: "G.K. Chesterton said it best: 'The true Soldier does not fight because he hates who is in front of him, he fights because he loves those who are behind him,'" Loftus said. "I have been praying that some day when Omar's boys are old enough, they can understand how great a man their father is, and they can feel a great pride that their father loved them so much, and he loved this country so much, he laid down his life to protect them."
Each Soldier on Aerosmith 35 also was eulogized by a fellow Soldier who knew him best. Gilliam finished the ceremony with some final thoughts for TF Demon Soldiers to reflect on.
"I know these men willingly volunteered to serve their nation in time of war, to deploy to combat, to manifest themselves on risky missions," Gilliam said. "They died in willing service – giving their last full measure of devotion, so that others may live – so that we may live, not just survive, but so we may live."
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