|Published:||Aug 21, 2012 3:58 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 21, 2012 5:57 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- We are learning more about a Lehigh Acres soldier killed in Afghanistan last week.
Thirty-seven-year-old Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Hornsby and six others died in a helicopter crash on Thursday in Khandahr, Afghanistan.
Hornsby was one of the two pilots and is a decorated war hero.
During his fourteen year career in the military, he's earned numerous medals and accommodations.
His father, Glenn says his son dreamed of becoming a pilot and flying dangerous missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Behind the controls of helicopter is where Brian Hornsby liked to be.
The soldier was a skilled pilot flying a UH-60 Black Hawk while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.
It was Hornsby second tour of duty.
But his service would come to a tragic end last week on August 16th.
He and six others died from wounds they suffered when the chopper they were manning crashed in Khandahar.
The news hit home for people in Southwest Florida.
Hornsby went to Riverdale High School and graduated from USF Fort Myers.
From there he went on to marry and have two children.
Hornsby's father tells us, the two children miss their dad dearly.
His parent's are still too upset to talk on camera, but told us via email their son was one of a kind.
"He was highly respected as "one of the best of the best pilots" and often requested by name to fly the really tough and dangerous missions. he never turned down that special opportunity because he knew it would save the lives of fellow servicemen," said Glenn Hornsby in a written statement
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Hornsby will be laid to rest in Arlington, Virginia.