Adam Wilkinson, 23, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, died February 18, 2007 in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He was born December 17, 1983 in Niskayuna, New York, son of Paul D. Wilkinson and Felicia V. Young-Wilkinson. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Tyffanie, their son Carson age 20 months; and many other loving relatives. Adam graduated from Fountain-Fort Carson High School in Fountain, Colorado in December 2001 before joining the U.S. Army as a fuel truck operator. He was assigned to the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment where he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2002. Then Specialist Wilkinson returned to Fort Carson in early 2003 where he married the former Tyffanie Aus of Fountain. He then re-enlisted as a CH-47 Chinook helicopter mechanic/ crewman and after training was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Sergeant Wilkinson was on his second rotation to Afghanistan when on February 18th, his MH-47 helicopter crashed. Sergeant Wilkinson's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, The Air Medal with "V" device (Valor), the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and other numerous awards. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2007, at Soldiers Memorial Chapel on Fort Carson with Chaplain (Colonel) James A. Ellison officiating.
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 2, 2007