Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Neptunus Lex / Carroll LeFon: 1960-2012; Killed in Plane Crash

This is so utterly heartbreaking. He was one of the best of "our crowd;" a writer who made you think, and who cared about words, ideas, and what they meant for national defense. He also lived what he loved, training new generations of pilots to take control of the skies when fighting adversaries. Yesterday one of our most respected military voices, Carroll LeFon - known to most as Neptunus Lex - seemed to be giving us all a heads-up when he wrote these words about a rough landing after a mission.


I supposed it had to happen eventually, everybody has one in time. And I had mine yesterday....It’s funny how quickly you can go from “comfort zone” to “wrestling snakes” in this business. But even snake wrestling beats life in the cube, for me at least. In measured doses. [cont]

Less than a day after Lex posted that essay, his
 F-21 Kfir jet crashed near the west gate of Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada. He died in the crash. Farewell to you, Lex. You made all of us more thoughtful and informed - and entertained. Thank you for your guidance. Forever skyborne... you have slipped the surly bonds of Earth, and reached out and touched the face of God. And now God has chosen to touch back, to hold on, and bring you home. RIP. And a moment of silence. 







17 comments:

BillT said...

Neptunus Lex is cleared Fiddler's Green via Rainbow Bridge, then direct...

aw1tim said...

Navigator! Set a new course. First star to the right, and straight on 'till morning.

ORPO1 said...

Gonna miss him. Yeah, gonna miss him.

Anonymous said...

This was nasty news to wake up to. I honestly feel ill about it.
Rich Lowe,
Soldiers Angels

Barb said...

My heart breaks for his family.

Ian said...

Beautiful words. I am still in shock. My prayers and condolences go out to his family. RIP, sir.

Another Navy Guy said...

Terrible, terrible news. RIP sir.

Wes said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this loss. Thank you for sharing your beautiful words.

The Cap'n said...

God bless you, sir. Say hello to those who went before you, and save a place for those of us who hope to meet you again in the halls of angels.

Buck said...

Such a tremendous loss. Shattering and sad beyond comprehension.

Godspeed, Captain.

El jefe said...

Very sad news. You gave him a fitting sendoff.

Grumpy said...

Lex's Mission is complete, time to go home.

"O Humble Scribe," it is time to put down your pen and R.I.P. It is time to pray for his Family, who shared him with us. Many Thanks.

chief torpedoman said...

This hits really hard. He made this old blackshoe fell at home on a brownshoe blog.

Tecumseh's Voice said...

"When your time comes to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home."

C.R. said...

Capt. LeFon, I didn’t know you personally, but I feel like I’ve lost a shipmate...

baronbvp said...

Lex...brother...from flight school in Meridian to Hornets in Lemoore to Readiness Team at CNAF. You will be sorely missed. Rest easy, Shipmate. VR Baron

Anonymous said...

RIP