Military flyover honors local Marine killed in attack

November 12, 2012 by Teresa Varley

Three members of the squadron that did the flyover were at Heinz Field before the game to handle the logistics.

After the National Anthem there was a flyover by two Marine Harrier jets in honor of Lt. Col. Christopher “Otis” Raible of Irwin, Pa.

Raible, who commanded a Marine Harrier jet squadron, was killed along with Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell in a Taliban attack on a NATO base in Afghanistan in September.

“We are humbled the Steelers asked us to do this. It being Veteran’s Day it’s a huge honor to be asked to flyover for any members of our fallen, especially when it’s for a dear friend like Lieutenant Colonel Raible was,” said Lt. Col. William R. Sauerland, Commanding Officer of Marine Attack Squadron 223 who piloted one of the flyover  jets along with Captain Eric Albright. “It is humbling for me personally and for the squadron. After it happened we were shocked. We all came together and this is our way of saying goodbye to him.”

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