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Ret. U.S. Army General killed in plane crash

Retired U.S. Army Major General Anthony W. Potts (U.S. Army/Released)
July 28, 2023

A retired U.S. Army Major General died in a plane crash on Tuesday in Havre De Grace, Maryland, authorities said.

In a statement provided to American Military News, the U.S. Army confirmed the death of Ret. Major General Anthony W. Potts, 59, and offered its condolences to the Potts family.

“It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of Maj. Gen. Anthony W. Potts who passed away on July 25, 2023. Maj. Gen. Potts completed over 36 years of distinguished service, most recently serving as Program Executive Officer, Command, Control and Communication (Tactical), Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland,” Lt. Col. Ruth Castro said. “The entire U.S. Army is grateful for his service, and we extend our deepest and most sincere condolences to the entire Potts family.”

Potts was the only person on the aircraft when it went down. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

It is unclear what caused the plane crash.

Major General Potts was previously an attack helicopter platoon leader in Germany, and served in staff positions as a logistics officer, an intelligence officer and an operations officer.

“He served as commander of the U.S. Army’s AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter Training Company, and also served in the FORCE XXI experiments in the Digital Force Coordination Cell as Operations Officer for Aviation, Field Artillery, and Air Defense,” according to the U.S. Army.

Potts earned a number of award and decorations during his service, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Kuwait Liberation Medal, Senior Aviator Badge, Air Assault Badge and Army Staff Badge.

He is believed to be survived by his wife, Jennifer, and his two children, Taylor and Cynthia.

Last week, a small plane burst into flames after crashing near Santa Fe, New Mexico. The pilot of the aircraft was killed in the incident.

“NMSP is investigating a fatal plane crash near the West Frontage RD and La Luna RD in Santa Fe. Scene is active. PIO headed to the scene and will provide additional information,” New Mexico State Police tweeted, along with a photo of the fiery crash.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.