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Corey Goodnature Memorial Scholarship

On June 28, 2005, a team of Navy SEALs came under intense fire in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan. In answer to their urgent radio calls for assistance, a special group of men leapt at the challenge. The men assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based in Savannah, responded to the call. Two aircraft departed their firebase with a SEAL security team, in an attempt to rescue the stricken SEALs. During landing, the lead aircraft was hit by Taliban and Al-Qaeda fire and crashed on the mountainside below. All eight aircrew along with the eight fellow Navy SEALs were instantly killed.

Chief Warrant Officer Three Corey Goodnature was the Flight Lead Pilot of that aircraft. Corey and his fellow soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice in an attempt to save others from harm. He and his crew responded to the challenge that day because that was their very nature. He’d rather die than quit, and he provided it that day. The 160th motto – “Night Stalkers Don’t Quit” – is how Corey lived his life. His devotion to that ethos and his fellow warriors was embodied in his death.

Corey’s last mission is highlighted in the movie and book titled “Lone Survivor”.

The purpose of the Corey Goodnature Memorial Scholarship Fund is to establish a permanent fund to provide scholarships in Corey’s name to individuals wishing to further their education.

Scholarship Don and Deb Goodnature (parents of Corey).