Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV and his wife, Susan, died in Cessna 210 crashed in a James City County



Plane crash kills former StratCom official, wife

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Media outlets in Virginia are reporting that a plane crash near Williamsburg on Friday has killed an Air Force major general formerly assigned to U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, along with his wife and their dog.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV and his wife, Susan, died when a single-engine Cessna 210 crashed in a James City County subdivision. The major general, 54, was the pilot. There were no other passengers on the plane.

Geller said the crash occurred at 4:53 p.m. Friday near the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport, where the plane was supposed to land. She said no one on the ground was injured, and no buildings were damaged.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators arrived at the scene Friday evening.

Other details, including the victims' hometown, weren't immediately released.

At the time of his death, Gen. Brown served as commandant of the the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University in Washington. He spent about two years at StratCom in Nebraska before being assigned to the university in October 2010.


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