Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Staff Sgt. Carl Enis.
Staff Sgt. Carl Enis
Died March 15, 2018 Serving During Operation Inherent Resolve
31, of Tallahassee, Florida, died March 15 when an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. Enis was assigned to the Air Force Reserve’s 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
The Defense Department on Saturday released the names of seven airmen who were killed this week when their HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in western Iraq. The airmen, who were deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, belonged to three different units — the 38th Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia; the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York National Guard; and the Air Force Reserve’s 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
Staff Sgt. Carl Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida. Enis also was a member of the 308th Rescue Squadron. Enis joined the unit in 2010 and served for eight years, according to the 920th Rescue Wing. Enis was a pararescueman who also worked as a commercial real estate salesman for TLG Real Estate Services in Tallahassee, Florida, according to a family friend who spoke to Air Force Times on Friday.
Ben Wilkinson, the president and co-owner of TLG, said in a Friday interview that when he met Enis four years ago, he was struck by what a “steady” and “solid guy” Enis was, and they quickly became close friends. “He was golden,” Wilkinson said. “He was a great guy. Carl seemed to have met more people than you could ever imagine for someone his age. Honest to God, no one ever spoke an ill word about him.”
Enis’ awards and decorations include the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. In the past two years, Enis received multiple awards, to include Airman of the Year for both the 920th Rescue Wing and Air Force Reserve Command.
The airmen were killed Thursday when their Pave Hawk crashed in western Iraq, near the town of al-Qa’im in Anbar province. The crash does not appear to have resulted from enemy fire. The incident is under investigation, according to officials.
The incident was immediately reported by another U.S. helicopter flying with the one that crashed, and a quick-reaction force comprised of Iraqi Security Forces and coalition members was dispatched to secure the scene.
Lt. Col. Damien Pickart, spokesman for U.S. Air Forces Central Command, said in an email Friday that the Pave Hawk was deployed to AFCENT from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 176th Wing from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
SSGT Carl Phillippe Enis
Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis was born March 31, 1986, in Miami, Florida. In 2004, he moved to Tallahassee, Florida, to study at Florida State University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies. Sergeant Enis later returned to his studies at Florida State University and graduated in 2017 with a Master’s in Business Administration.
He was a pararescueman in the United States Air Force and was a member of the 308th Rescue Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Florida.
On March 15, 2018, at 31 years of age, Sergeant Enis was killed in a helicopter crash in western Iraq along with six others. Pararescuemen, or PJs, are elite Guardian Angel Airmen who serve as highly trained rescue specialists, providing life-saving trauma care and search and rescue. They are expert marksmen, parachutists, SCUBA divers, mountaineers, and trauma medics. They have a special skill set that allows them to perform rescue anytime, anywhere. They live by the Pararescue Creed: These things we do, that others may live.
Sergeant Enis embodied the PJ creed and, in 2013, was named 920th Rescue Wing Airman of the Year and Air Force Reserve Command Pararescueman of the Year. He was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal (with combat device.)
Sergeant Enis was a true American hero who was known to his family and friends as being the most genuine, selfless, talented, and humble man you would ever know. He was passionate about the outdoors and was an expert at hunting birds and big game as well as offshore fishing, spearfishing, and diving. He has left more lasting memories than most would in a longer lifetime.
Sergeant Enis is survived by his wife, Angela Drzewiecki; his mother, Dr. Colleen Enis; brother, Eddie Enis; and sister, Heather Hyatt