Hobbs: Flags to half-staff to honor Marine sergeant killed in chopper crash

Gov. Katie Hobbs ordered flags at all Arizona state buildings be flown at
half-staff from sunrise to sunset on February 14, and on the day of interment, in honor of U.S. Marine Sgt. Alec Langen, who was one of the casualties of a February 6 helicopter crash during a training flight in California.

Langen, was assigned to the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 “Flying Tigers”, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and was based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.

The 23-year-old had just gotten married in January, his family said.

A CH-53E Super Stallion crashed in the mountains outside of San Diego during a flight near the Southern California base, officials said.

According to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Langen enlisted in the Marine Corps on Sept. 14, 2017, and was promoted to the rank of sergeant on Oct. 1, 2022. His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons.

“It is with great sorrow that we learned that Sergeant Alec Langen, of Chandler, was one of the five Marines killed during a training flight in California,” said Hobbs.  “We lift up his family, especially his wife Casey and his parents, Steven and Caryn Langen, and mourn alongside them for the loss of this talented and selfless young man, who spent his life in service to others.”