Brendan Looney, Silver Spring native, killed in copter crash in Afghanistan

By Kafia A. Hosh
Thursday, September 23, 2010; 12:53 PM

Brendan Looney, a Silver Spring native, was killed Tuesday while serving a military tour in Afghanistan. He was among nine service members killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan.

Looney, 29, was a lieutenant who graduated in 2004 from the Naval Academy, where he played lacrosse alongside his brothers. He played football before switching to lacrosse his sophomore year.

Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller, superintendent of the academy, said in a statement that Looney was commissioned as an intelligence officer and later became a Navy SEAL. He lived in Owings.

Looney "serves to remind us all of the commitment we make to our country as leaders in the Naval Service," Miller said.

During his senior year at the academy, Looney and his two younger brothers, Steve and Bill, played on the school's lacrosse team together.

"This year has been so fun, because it's great to see my brothers play so well," Looney said in a 2004 Washington Post article. "It's great to see Billy score goals and see all that Steve does on the field. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance."

Looney was the protective older brother, both on and off the field. He would watch out for his brothers during games and checked up on his younger sister before school dances.

"When Brendan gets on the field as a rider, he finally gets to go after some of the defensemen who have been whacking at his brothers," Navy Coach Richie Meade said in the Post article. "One of our assistants, Mark Goers, told me Brendan gets this look on his face like, 'You've been beating on my brothers. Now I'm going to get you.' "

Looney, a 1999 graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, was a remarkable athlete there too, playing baseball and football.

Twitter buzzed Wednesday with dozens of tweets from people paying their condolences to Looney's family.

Looney's family was scheduled to receive his body Wednesday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Meade accompanied the family to Dover, according to his daughter.

In addition to his brothers, Looney's survivors include his wife, Amy, his parents, Kevin and Maureen Looney, and sisters Bridget, Erin and Kelly.

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