BREAKING: He’s Been IDENTIFIED- Please Send Your Prayers

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Andrew Mettler, an F/A-18 pilot, holds his son at Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif., on March 15, 2019, following a six-month Unit Deployment Program in Japan.


SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – The U.S military have identified the pilot who was tragically killed in a training flight near the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

“Search and rescue recovered the U.S. Marine Corps pilot who has been confirmed deceased at the site,” officials said in a news release sent out on Friday by the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing.

“The pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft. With a heavy heart, our condolences go to the Marine’s family during this time.”

It’s unknown at this time what may have caused the crash.

The aircraft was part of the Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron [VMFA (AW)] 224, officials said.


A U.S. Marine died in an F/A-18D Hornet crash during a training flight in the vicinity of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar at 11:54 p.m. (PST) Thursday.

The Marine was assigned to Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA(AW)) 224.

The squadron was participating in Service Level Training Exercise 5-23.

Maj. Andrew ‘Simple Jack’ Mettler

The name of the deceased Marine is Maj. Andrew Mettler.

2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) Commanding General Maj. Gen. Scott Benedict released this statement about Maj. Andrew Mettler:

“I am deeply saddened to share the loss of Maj. Andrew ‘Simple Jack’ Mettler, a fellow Marine aviator who was honing his craft as a Hornet pilot and leader in his squadron, the Fighting Bengals.

“I had the great honor of flying in an F/A-18D with Simple Jack and will always remember his skill piloting the Hornet and his wry smile.

“It is with great humility that I offer my deepest condolences to the family, loved ones, and friends of Maj. Andrew Mettler.

“You remain at the forefront of our thoughts and prayers.”

Marine with Marine All Weather Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA(AW)) 224, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, prepares to launch an F/A-18 Hornet at Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, June 27, 2023. Marine Corps Photo


Mettler served as an F/A-18 Hornet pilot with VMFA(AW)-224, Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 31, 2nd MAW stationed on Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina. Mettler, from Georgia, commissioned in the Marine Corps Nov. 30, 2007.

Mettler’s decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with four bronze stars in lieu of 5th award.

​“As 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, we mourn the loss of one of our brothers who was devoted to the Marine Corps mission, and it is our duty to continue forward in a manner that would reflect his devotion.

“Maj. Mettler’s legacy will remain with every Marine, Sailor and civilian that he served with, and we have the obligation to continue to uphold the values that he stood for. He will be deeply missed within the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing and among his brothers and sisters at the Fighting Bengals,” said Benedict.

Andrew Mettler’s father, Mike Mettler, released the following statement to NBC 7 on Saturday:

“My wife and I are devastated by the loss of our Marine Pilot son and our hearts are pouring out for our daughter-in-law and our three grandchildren,” Mike Mettler said.

The crash is under investigation.


Semper Fidelis is used as a greeting, a motivation, and an expression that unites past and present Marines. During war or peacetime, Semper Fidelis speaks volumes. It represents tradition and responsibility—beginning the moment a young man or woman commits to earning the title of U.S. Marine.

Latin for “Always Faithful,” Semper Fidelis is the motto of every Marine—an eternal and collective commitment to the success of our battles, the progress of our Nation, and the steadfast loyalty to the fellow Marines we fight alongside. Established in 1883, this motto distinguishes the bond developed and shared between Marines.

It goes beyond words that are spoken, as it is a warriorhood that is lived.

It is the fighting spirit of every Marine that can make the promise to win our Nation’s battles. This promise is proclaimed in our motto, Semper Fidelis, and it means that we are always faithful to those on our left and right, from the fellow Marines we fight alongside, to those in our communities for which we fight.


Our deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow warriors.

Our military lost a warrior who chose to dedicate his life to keeping America safe and for that we are extremely thankful.

Rest in peace Marine and thank you for your service.

You are a true hero.

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