LAKENHEATH, England – A U.S. Marine is dead after his F/A – 18C Hornet crashed in Lakenheath, England Wednesday morning.
Maj. Taj Sareen, was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and was deployed as part of a Special Purpose Marina Air-Ground Task Force according to military officials.
The crash was reported at 2:30 a.m. near Royal Air Force in Lakenheath.
Officials say Sareen, 34, a native of Hillsborough, California commissioned in the Marine Corps early 2005. He previously deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and was an instructor at Marina Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101.
Sareen was also awarded two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and one Air Medal – Strike/Flight “5”.