On November 7th 2003 two of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps’ (JAGC) finest personnel were killed when enemy fire erupted toward their transport helicopter bringing the helicopter down and killing all six souls on board. Regimental Command Sergeant Major (CSM), CSM Cornell Gilmore and Chief Warrant Officer of the Corps Chief Warrant Officer Five Sharon Swartworth, were amongst the fallen.
RCSM Gilmore: “He cared desperately about taking care of soldiers, not only soldiers in the JAG Corps, but the ability of JAG to take care of all military members,” Nevin said. “He died doing what he liked doing best, which was going out in field and meeting with our young soldiers.”
CW5 Swartworth: "Sharon was a shining star in the Warrant Officer Corps. No one soldier contributed more to the perception and value of a modern day Warrant Officer than Sharon. The impact of her loss has yet to be felt and has left an empty place in the hearts of all who knew her. God Bless you Sharon and your family."
In honor of these two outstanding leaders, the close proximity of their deaths to Veterans Day, and in celebration of their service to the JAGC and ultimately the Army, SSG Aaron Grubbs, Brigade Paralegal Noncommissioned Officer and Major Jonathan Wellemeyer, Brigade Judge Advocate, both assigned to the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, created and spearheaded the first annual “Gilmore Grinder” workout which was hosted by the Office of The Staff Judge Advocate on 10 November 2021. The hero workout recognized the six souls on board the aircraft and executed an event for each of the fallen warriors.
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U.S. Army JAG Corps
10th Mountain Division
10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division