Khara Ann Adams- US Navy Aviation Electrician HM-15 Blackhawks
Born Khara Ann Adams in Ogden, UT on December 2, 1982 to a Navy family. Her father was a sonar technician on a submarine during the Vietnam War and her uncle and grandfather both served as machinist mates during WWII. Khara enlisted right after 9/11 at 18 years old.
In “A” school, Khara was at the top of her class and had first pick of orders. She chose a Sea-Duty helicopter squadron based out of NAS Corpus Christi, TX. HM-15 Blackhawks (MH-53 Sea Dragons) maintain a world wide 72-hour rapid deployment Airborne Mine Countermeasures (ACMC) posture.
Khara was injured working on an active flight line while taking a routine fuel sample. The fuel line got stuck open dosing her with JP-5 jet fuel that breached her PPE and flooded into her ear cavity. As a result of this toxic exposure, Khara developed several severe auto-immune disorders that she manages with the help of the VA. She was medically retired in 2010.
Khara loves the outdoors and traveling. She spent 23 days volunteering in Cambodia and Thailand in 2019, and will be volunteering in Peru this fall.
Khara currently lives in Holladay, UT and is planning to retire to Belize in 2024.
Khara said, “I am honored to be nominated and chosen to participate in the 2020 Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis and look forward to meeting new friends and trying new things.