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Passing of Chief Warrant Officer Marwan Ghabour

The Massachusetts State Referee Committee is deeply saddened by the death of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Ghabour of Arlington.   Marwan was a dear friend to many members of the Massachusetts referee community.    Prior to joining the U.S. Army, Marwan was a dedicated referee in Massachusetts for eight years.   In 2017 he represented Massachusetts with distinction and honor as a referee at the USYS Regional Championship tournament in Virginia.

On Thursday November 12th, while serving as part of a multinational peacekeeping force, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ghabour was killed in a helicopter crash in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt.    The 27-year-old was one of seven service members who died in the tragic crash.

All of us with the Massachusetts State Referee Committee wish to express our deepest sympathy to Marwan’s family.  We grieve with his many friends and all our fellow referees who had the great honor to know him.   The MSRC is eternally grateful for his service to our nation.   His sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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