David Schmitz Wiki – David Schmitz Biography
According to Larry Sullivan, the commander of the 20th Warplane Wing, the pilot was the 1st Lieutenant David Schmitz from the 77th Fleet. He called Sullivan Schmitz “one of our best”.
“During this extremely difficult time, the outpouring of love and support from our communities to his family and our base has been much appreciated,” Sullivan said.
David Schmitz Education
Schmitz won her commission through the officer training school and graduated at the top of her class in pilot training.
David Schmitz Jet Crash incident
Appointed to the 20th Warplane Wing in Shaw and only Schmitz on board, the jet fell on a training mission at 23:30.
Schmitz, flying for the 77th Fleet, received his pilot license at age 17, 20. Commander of the Fighter Wing Col. Lawrence Sullivan said in a video on the page. “He never gave up on his goal of flying as a pilot for the United States Air Force,” said Sullivan from Schmitz.
David Schmitz Wife & Family
Schmitz’s wife Valerie recalled the day before his final flight in a Facebook post. She let him sleep in because he would be flying at night, and she said he called her and their dog Toby into the bedroom.
“He smiled and said, ‘I just want to be with my family!'” Valerie wrote. “My heart melted and I jumped on the bed, snuggled up close to Dave and lay my head on his warm chest, steadily rising with each breath. I could hear his heartbeat. Toby jumped on the bed next to me and we all snuggled for a moment and watched funny animal videos before Dave had to get ready for the day.”
The couple kissed goodbye and the dog licked him on the cheek. After midnight, the doorbell rang and she was informed about the accident.
“In an instant my life had changed forever and my heart shattered into a million pieces. A few hours later I kissed my sweet husband one last time on his cold lips,” she wrote.
“Hold your loved ones close. You never know when it might just be the last time you’ll see them. Your life can change forever in an instant. I love you so much, Dave, I always will.”