On Thursday, July 28th, a single-engine Piper PA-28 Cherokee crashed near Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, killing Army Major Anthony Potts. The general, who was 62 years old, was the former commander of the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
According to reports, the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Harford County Airport. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but initial reports suggest that the plane experienced engine trouble before crashing. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the incident.
Major General Anthony Potts was a highly respected member of the military community. He had served in the United States Army for over 35 years and held numerous leadership positions. He was recently the Program Executive Officer for Command, Control and Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T), where he oversaw the development and acquisition of communication systems for the U.S. Army.
The news of Major General Potts’ death has been met with shock and sadness from the military community and beyond. Many have taken to social media to express their condolences and share their memories of the general.
In a statement, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said, “I am deeply saddened by the loss of Major General Potts. He was a dedicated leader and a true patriot who served our nation with distinction for more than three decades. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
The NTSB is currently investigating the cause of the crash. The agency will examine the plane’s wreckage, review the pilot’s training and experience, and analyze weather and other factors that may have contributed to the crash.
The NTSB investigation is expected to take several months to complete. In the meantime, the military community will continue to mourn the loss of Major General Anthony Potts, a dedicated leader and patriot who served his country with distinction.