PENSACOLA, FL (WAFB) - Funeral arrangements for one of the four Louisiana National Guardsmen who were killed in a Black Hawk crash have been released.
The body of Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr. will return to Louisiana on Saturday to the National Guard facility in Hammond.
Anyone wishing to pay their respects when the flight lands at 12:30 p.m. is asked to arrive at least an hour before as CW4 Griffin will be taken to the Brandon G. Thompson Funeral Home in Hammond with Military Funeral Honors.
A wake has been set for Sunday, March 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
The funeral for CW4 Griffin will be held Monday, March 23 at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Hammond following the visitation at the church from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Following the funeral, there will be a procession to the Fountain Memorial Cemetery in Lafayette where Griffin will be interned with full Military Honors.
A special memorial service to remember all 11 service members killed in the helicopter crash will also be held Friday evening in Florida near the crash site.
The ceremony will take place at the Navarre Beach pier in the Florida Panhandle at 6 p.m. Community leaders said they are working to place a permanent memorial in Navarre Park for the fallen Marines and soldiers.
Discussions to build the memorial are only in the early stages right now. It will be discussed further during a committee meeting next week. Leaders added they want input on the project from families and community members.
The Louisiana National Guard released the names Monday of four members based in Hammond who were killed last week when the helicopter crashed off Florida's Panhandle during nighttime training. The four Louisiana National Guardsmen were from the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 244th Aviation Regiment. They died in a training accident on March 10, along with seven Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Wayne Griffin Jr, 37; Chief Warrant Officer 4 George David Strother, 44; Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron, 40; and Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, 26; died when a UH-60M Black Hawk they were riding on crashed into the Santa Rosa Sound, Florida.
On March 13, 2015, military officials released the names of the seven special forces Marines killed in the crash.
The Marines were identified as: Capt. Stanford Henry Shaw III of Basking Ridge, New Jersey; Master Sgt. Thomas Saunders of Camp Lejeune; Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn of Queens, New York; Staff Sgt. Trevor P. Blaylock of Lake Orion, Michigan; Staff Sgt. Kerry Michael Kemp of Port Washington, Wisconsin; Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif of Holland, Michigan; and Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol from Warren, Michigan.
All were from the 2nd Special Operations Battalion of the Marine Corps Special Operations Command.