Senior Chief Vickers, 36, was a native of Kokomo, Hawaii. He enlisted in the United States Navy in November, 1996.
He graduated from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois in January, 1997. Senior Chief Vickers completed Explosive Ordinance training, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, September, 1998. He served in Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit 5, Agana, Guam from November, 1998 to July, 2001. He then served in Naval Expeditionary Combat Force Command, Bahrain from August, 2001 to August, 2002. Senior Chief Vickers than served in Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit 3, Barbers Point, Hawaii from August, 2002 to February, 2005. He served in an East Coast based Special Warfare Unit from February, 2005 to August, 2011.
Senior Chief Vickers' awards include the Bronze Star Medal with ‘V' for valor (3), Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation Medal with Combat ‘V', Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), Combat Action Ribbon (2), Presidential Unit Citation (3), Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Good Conduct Medal (4), Navy Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Sea Service Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, and Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal. He was also qualified as an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist.
Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Admiral Sean A. Pybus, released the following statement:
" Early Saturday morning, Aug. 6, Naval Special Warfare suffered a tremendous loss of 22 men while conducting critical special operations combat in Afghanistan. They cannot be replaced. We will honor their service and sacrifice, and embrace their families as our own, in this time of immeasurable grief. The outpouring of support and sympathy from the Armed Services, the Government, Communities and the Public is well beyond my ability to properly thank. The Naval Special Warfare Community is deeply humbled and appreciative.
Our NSW men were in company with U.S. Army aircrew, U.S. Air Force para-rescue and combat controllers, and an Afghan security element. We grieve for all of them, and admire their teamwork, commitment and courage. I have great hope for the future knowing that extraordinary men dedicate themselves completely to the idea and the actions of freedom and security, not only for ourselves but for others. We are truly blessed that such men answer a call to military service at the highest levels of professionalism and capability, but also deeply saddened by their loss. In the days and weeks ahead, I would ask for your thoughts, prayers and support for NSW, our Families, the Special Operations Community, and all of our Armed Forces."
Insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter in Eastern Afghanistan on August 6, 2011, killing 30 U.S. service members and eight Afghans, including 22 members of Naval Special Warfare.
Norfolk Police are investigating the cause of death for male found unconscious on the beach.
Speaker Bill Howell will be in Chesapeake Monday to address the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.
It took fire crews about 10 minutes to get an electrical fire under control in Suffolk Sunday night.