"I drive people from the Vinson every time they’re in port," said Brian Blazevic. "It kinda hit home when we lost one of them."
Lt. Nathan Poloski, who trained as MCAS Miramar and spent time in San Diego as a child, died September 12th in a mid-air crash with another F-18 a few miles from the ship in the Western Pacific.
Even though Blazevic never met Poloski, he was moved to write a letter to those aboard the USS Carl Vinson to say thank you.
"I wanted everybody on the Vinson to know there are ordinary people in America who care what they’re doing and appreciate the sacrifices," said Blazevic.
His letter has been shared quite a bit on social media and he's gotten lots of responses including some from the families of those serving on the Vinson.
"I got a couple of emails, one from the wife of an aviator on the ship thanking me very much," he said. "She said it was very touching."
Blazevic hopes his letter prompts more people to express thanks.
"I hope that America will actually take the time to let the military know that we know what they’re doing and we appreciate it and we know it’s a sacrifice," he said.
His full message is below:
Letter to the Captain, USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 | Fighter Sweep//