Lakeside graduate killed in air crash

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A Navy fighter pilot and former Evans resident died Friday during a training exercise.

Lt. Jeremy S. Wise, 28, a 1998 graduate of Lakeside High School, was killed in a midair collision during a routine training exercise in northern Nevada, according to Associated Press reports.

Lt. Wise's F/A-18C Hornet and an F-5 Tiger jet collided while conducting aerial maneuvers. The pilots of the other jet parachuted to safety and suffered minor injuries.

"He always wanted to fly jets," said Newton Bakley, Lt. Wise's grandfather. "There was never anything else for him."

Lt. Wise attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Fla., and earned a degree in aeronautics, Mr. Bakley said.

"He was checking things out and noticed the program the Navy had for jet fliers," he said. "He fell in love with that and went after it."

Lt. Wise was stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. He was set to deploy this year on the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier, his grandfather said.

Mr. Bakley called his grandson a "focused individual."

"He always had to be No. 1 in whatever he was doing," Mr. Bakley said. "There was one program in the Navy in which he came in second out of 47 people, and that just burned him up. He was just that kind of guy."

Lt. Wise is also survived by his wife, Sonia; son, Leam, 2; parents, Army Col. Patricia Wise and Richard Wise; brother, Christopher Wise; sister, Caitlyn Gibbons; and grandmother Margaret Bakley.

"The family was extremely proud of what he has achieved," Mr. Bakley said. "We just regret this accident cut his life short because we thought he had a great career ahead of him."

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Virginia.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

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voluptuously_auburn1
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voluptuously_auburn1 06/18/08 - 09:29 am
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Sad news for us all.

Sad news for us all. Condolences to family and loved ones.

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AsItIs 06/18/08 - 09:30 am
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Thought and prayers lifting

Thought and prayers lifting up this young man's family.

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xqwbv2 06/18/08 - 10:02 am
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:(

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Godschild 06/18/08 - 01:34 pm
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My thoughts are prayers are

My thoughts are prayers are with his friends and family.

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popower 06/18/08 - 03:27 pm
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condolences to family and

condolences to family and love ones

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justputtin 06/18/08 - 10:02 pm
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Very sad, great Man. God

Very sad, great Man. God Bless the family.

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