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Grounded pilot being sent to Afghanistan

March 23, 2010 at 8:11 PM

ATLANTA, March 23 (UPI) -- The family of a U.S. Navy fighter pilot grounded for flying too low over a Georgia football game says he is being sent to Afghanistan as a non-flyer.

The deployment is Lt. Commander Marc Fryman's third to the Middle East, his parents and siblings told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Fryman and Lt. Commander Chris Condon flew a few hundred feet above the Georgia Tech stadium Nov. 7 before the start of a game with Wake Forest. Both of the fliers are Georgia Tech alumni.

The Navy banned both from flying for violating a rule that flyovers must be at least 1,000 feet up.

"We are astounded by the fact that he still remains grateful of heart to serve in whatever capacity his career takes him -- even if that means he can never fly for the Navy again," the family wrote the Journal-Constitution. "We see that as a heart-wrenching consequence of this incident."

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