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Final respects paid to Staff Sgt. Carl Enis

Staff Sgt. Carl Enis

Air Force Reserve Pararescuemen Staff Sgt. Carl Enis, 31, was among the seven Airmen killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq, March 15, 2018. He was assigned to the 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida. The squadron of elite Guardian Angel Airmen serve as highly specialized rescue specialists on the battlefield providing life-saving trauma care and search and rescue as part of the 920th Rescue Wing - one of the most deployed units in the Air Force Reserve. The 308th RQS is part of the 920th Rescue Wing. (Courtesy photo)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Members of the 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, paid their respects as Staff Sgt. Carl Enis was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, May 21.

Enis, a pararescuemen, was providing combat rescue support for Inherent Resolve, and was one of the seven Airmen killed in an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crash in Anbar Province, Iraq, March 15, 2018.

Each Guardian Angel in attendance followed a time honored pararescue tradition of pounding the flash from their beret onto the lid of the casket.

“Staff Sgt. Enis was an outstanding citizen Airman and a phenomenal operator doing an incredible mission; he was also a great individual,” said Col. Kurt Matthews, 920th Rescue Wing commander. “You can be proud knowing Staff Sgt. Enis gave his last full measure performing the mission and serving our most noble Pararescue creed: ‘These things we do, that others may live.' "

Within both his civilian and military circles, Enis is known for his passion of the outdoors and expert hunting, fishing, and diving skills.

Enis was a Tallahassee, Florida, resident who joined the unit in 2010 and served for 8 years. Among his decorations are 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.