Time of Remembrance

James P. Senft

Age:

27

Hometown:

Grass Valley, CA

Date of Death:

2010/11/15

Incident Location:

Kandahar, Afghanistan

Military Branch:

United States Army

Rank:

SSGT

Unit:

5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Unit Base:

Fort Campbell, KY

SSGT David P. Senft, 27, of Grass Valley, CA, died November 15, 2010 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom. He was assigned to 5th Battalion, 101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY. He died at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident.

The 27-year-old helicopter mechanic from Grass Valley, northeast of Sacramento, was reserved but tough. And with a love of flying and fast cars, his family said, he wanted to live life on the edge.

But in the summer of 2010, in the time leading up to his latest deployment to Afghanistan, he was different. He resisted a return to war. His family and friends said he was depressed, emotionally fragile and, at least once, had tried to kill himself. Still, he deployed.
While he was stationed at an air base in Kandahar, Senft was meeting regularly with a counselor and military chaplain, according to military emails that his father shared with The Times. Concerned about his mental state, the Army took away his personal weapon.