Words fail me.
March 7, 2012
I received some sad news earlier today that retired TOPGUN pilot US Navy Capt. Carroll LeFon, better known as Lex of the military blog Neptunus Lex, was killed Tuesday when a jet he was flying crashed at Naval Air Station Fallon in Nevada.
I didn’t have the privilege of knowing Carroll in person like many other bloggers have, but I did chat with him on occasion over e-mail throughout the years and as recently as last year when he won Best U.S. Military Veteran Blog.My prayers and condolences go out to Lex's family. The milblogging community has lost its best and brightest, the nation has lost a great patriot, and I've lost my blog-father.
He was also one of the first bloggers to appear here on Milblogging.com when and I did a short feature on him back in 2006.
When I asked him why he started blogging he told me, “I guess you could say I started blogging as a way of sharpening my writing skills. Anyone who`s been to see, or flown fighter aircraft has stories to tell, and I was interested in getting some of mine out there as well, and seeing what interest there might be. It`s also a sort of on-line diary of thoughts, and reactions to the days events - some of those, looking back, get pretty stale in time - but in doing so you form a kind of community of interest. A fun hobby that lets you interact with other people.”
You can learn more about Carroll on his About page.
His facebook page is here http://www.facebook.com/nep.
My prayers go out to the family and friends he left behind.
Here are posts online by other bloggers.
Susan Katz Keating
I will update this post later in the day with online tributes.
RIP, Captain. Thank you for all you did, for everyone.