Crap - RIP Navy Captain Carroll LeFon

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Captain LeFon was an active blogger writing at Neptunus Lex:
Whisper: Open Thread
When Lex �left the keys in it� for me to be a guest blogger here about a year ago, we didn�t discuss what to do in this occasion. I am at a loss. I did feel the need to provide one place for your tributes and condolences to collect. So here it is.
Over 1,400 comments follow. From the Navy Times:
Crash kills pilot who blogged as Neptunus Lex
Retired naval aviator Carroll LeFon, perhaps better known by the nom de plume Neptunus Lex, was killed in a plane crash Tuesday morning when his F-21 Kfir crashed at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., his blog confirmed.

LeFon, 51, retired as a captain in June 2008 after serving as an instructor at Top Gun and in various positions at several strike fighter squadrons.

In his civilian life, LeFon worked for Airborne Tactical Advantage Co., a contractor that operates simulated enemy aircraft with which student aviators train. But as a prominent military blogger, he was part analyst, part cheerleader, part critic and part poet who wrote about the Navy, his family, the military and global affairs with the casual tone, frankness and familiarity that flows through ready rooms. His sea stories were personal memoirs as well as parables.

ATAC and Fallon did not return calls for comment. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

LeFon began blogging in 2003 during the early months of the invasion of Iraq. Like many other military bloggers, he initially wrote anonymously � it was and still can be problematic for service members to openly publish opinions.

Besides writing for his personal fulfillment, he tried to counter media reports that would tax the military�s will to fight, said Cmdr. Chap Godbey, a blogger, foreign area officer and the author of one of the dozens of tributes to LeFon to hit the web as news of his death spread.

�He was a guy who was able to put out the truth, put out first-hand reporting from folks and put out things that would not have gotten out any other way,� Godbey said.

LeFon�s blog chronicled his own experiences in the Navy, his transition into retirement and his second career in the civilian workforce.

He was thrilled to fly Kfirs as opposition forces because it meant that he would continue to operate one of the world�s most advanced jets, Godbey said.

�The joy of having a second chance, not being over, that�s a big thing for fighter pilots, because once you�re done, you�re done. And that change hits people pretty hard,� he said.
Crap. He was one of the great ones.

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