On the masthead of a publication we used to work on in college, our names were listed side-by-side. Her name was Allison Oubre. Lt. Allison Oubre.
She was one of the nicest and most pleasant people I had met through the publication. I guess we had never talked too much about our personal lives. We sometimes drank together at a friend’s dorm room, but we certainly had fun working together our entire senior year. I didn’t know it was her lifelong dream to become a helicopter pilot until I got a call a few days ago.
A friend called to let me know that Lt. Oubre was among the six crew members killed in a Navy helicopter crash on May 19 in the Pacific Ocean near San Diego. She was the co-pilot of this training mission. According to my friend, she had already served our country in the Middle East. Her wedding was scheduled for next month.
I keep thinking about her and her family. How relieved they must have been after her tour in the Middle East was over. How excited she must have been for her June wedding. How she still must have had that great smile I always remember about her.
We have lost a wonderful person. This world will miss Lt. Allison Oubre.