Former Fort Rucker pilot to be memorialized at NASCAR race

BY Jan Murray jmurray@southeastsun.com

Former Fort Rucker pilot to be memorialized at NASCAR race
CW4 Jason William McCormack—a former Apache pilot that perished in a November 2015 crash in South Korea—will be honored by NASCAR at one of its largest races next week. NASCAR Coordinator of Content CommunicationsCourtney Foret said McCormack will be honoredat “the Coca-Cola 600, at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 29.”McCormack, along with another pilot, lost his life while conducting a training flight in South Korea on Nov. 23, 2015, “will be one of more than three dozen deceased veterans who will be honored during the race as part of the stock car sanctioning body’s ‘600 Miles of Remembrance,’ ” Foret said.The pilot and his family were residents of Enterprise.McCormack’s name will be set across the windshield of the number 6 car, driven by Trevor Bayne. All 40 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, plus the pace car and the honorary grand marshal car will display honorary windshields remembering fallen veterans. This is NASCAR’s annual effort to honor military service members and their families. The racing organization launched NASCAR: An American Salute™last year.NASCAR Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar said, “As of NASCAR industry reflects on Memorial Day weekend, we’re proud to honor these and all fallen service members in a way that helps ensure their stories and lives are never forgotten.”Many of the service members whose names will be displayed on the race cars were chosen by the teams, but some have connections to the veterans or their families. In the CW4’s case, a pit crew member of the 6 XFINITY team, Brett Reckert, has a brother who served in the Army alongside McCormack.McCormack enlisted in the United States Army in 1995 as a Forward Observer, according to the obituary, and in 2003, he was selected for Warrant Officer Candidate School. After flight school, McCormack spent 12 years as an Apache pilot, finishing his tour at Fort Rucker in 2015 before moving on to an attack reconnaissance battalion at Camp Humphreys, South Korea. He completed multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.According to the obituary, McCormack “was fully devoted to the love of his life Sadie, and fiercely proud of their son Cameron and daughter Addison.”Foret said the McCormack family will be in attendance at the race right along with the families of the other fallen veterans. The track will host more than 6,000 active military members at the Coca-Cola 600, said a NASCAR press release, and FOX Sports will recognize all service members, including McCormack, “who have lost their lives in the past year by displaying their names and branch of service on a graphic scroll.” To view an online gallery of the service members being honored, visit NASCAR.com/salute.Here is a complete list of the fallen veterans being honored:1st Sgt. Kevin A. DupontSPC Cindy BeaudoinMaster Sgt. Tara BrownDennis Christian MirandaScott Albert LynchCapt. T Christopher CashGunnery Sgt. John Davis HarveyLance Cpl.Cpl Cody Steven ChildersCherone L. GunnMaster Sgt. Paul D. KarpowichSgt. Nicholas Ray GibbsLance Cpl. Nathan Ross ElrodLt. Col. Paul Keith MikealSPC Joel A. TaylorSPC Zachary Lee ShannonJason C. RamseyerCapt. Matthew RollandPrivate 1st Class John G. BorbonusCW4 Jason William McCormackJason Hill EstopinalStaff Sgt. Forrest B. SibleyPrivate 1st Class Christopher Neal WhiteSPC Christopher Shane WrightWendell WilliamsLance Corp. Aaron Howard ReedSgt. Bryan Paul AbercrombieSpecialist 4 James H. WoolardStaff Sgt. Robert A. MassarelliPvt. Earl PlattJoseph T. PrentlerSgt. 1st Class Kyle B. WehrlyRobert Stephan UnderwoodStaff Sgt. Eric A. McIntoshJeffery E. Bohr, Jr.Private 1st Class Andrew Mark KrippnerLance Corp. Benito "Cheeks" RamirezMark T. CarterCapt. Edmond Jablonsky Jr.Jared C. VerbeekMichael D. Anderson Jr.Jacob Henry WykstraLance Corp. Eric Levi Ward
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