[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book I)] [February 7, 1998] [Pages 195-196] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]
Statement on the Accident Involving United States Aircraft in the Persian Gulf February 7, 1998 Defending America's interests is difficult, dangerous work--and our men and women in uniform bear that burden every day. Nowhere is their service more important than in the Persian Gulf. I was saddened to learn that one of our Marine Corps F/A-18 pilots, Lieutenant Colonel Henry G. Van Winkle II, lost his life yesterday in the skies over the Persian Gulf. Lieutenant Colonel Van Winkle was there as part of America's commitment to back up our determined diplomacy with force as we work to prevent Saddam Hussein from threatening the world with weapons of mass destruction. [[Page 196]] Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones--and with all our men and women in uniform around the world as they serve and sacrifice every day to keep Americans safe and America strong.