A memorial service will be held for 2nd Lt. Zachary Cook ’08 at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20 in Rudder Auditorium on the Texas A&M campus. Lt. Cook, 22, was a native of Lufkin and a December 2008 graduate of Texas A&M University who lost his life when a Texas National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in which he was a passenger, crashed on Monday, Jan. 12, shortly after takeoff from Duncan Field. The helicopter, along with 190 cadets in the Army ROTC program, that is part of the university’s Corps of Cadets, was participating in the program’s Winter Field Training Exercises. Lt. Cook was a newly commissioned Army officer on temporary assignment with the ROTC cadre at Texas A&M University. The cadets will conduct a Corps Formation to march to the auditorium. Members of Lt. Cook’s former Corps unit, Company D-1, along with the Parsons Mounted Calvary and the ROTC cadre, will participate in the ceremony. Texas A&M President Elsa A. Murano also will make brief remarks. Lt. Cook’s family
will be in attendance. Seating for the service begins at 4:30 p.m. and it is open to the public.