"Today is a tragic day for our State and our Nation. Last night, seven U.S. Marines were killed in a fatal
helicopter collision in California's Chocolate Mountains near Yuma, Arizona. The aircraft were conducting
training operations near the Yuma Training Range Complex at approximately 9 p.m. MST when the incident
"This tragedy serves as another stark and sad reminder of the peril our men and women in uniform
encounter on a daily basis -- not only abroad, but on our own soil. It also reminds us that, whether in combat or training, no military mission is ever routine. We must never take for granted nor forget these soldiers' sacrifice and service to the United States of America.
"So, with a sad and heavy heart, I ask you to join me in praying for these Marines, their loved ones and
all of our servicemen and women who risk their lives daily to protect ours."