Lt. Cmdr. Regina Mills left the safety of her car early Monday morning and stepped onto a icy Washington road to help a state trooper with a motorcyclist who had been struck by a vehicle.
But a pickup truck slid out of control and into her car, which struck her and the others, killing the naval officer.
For the past two years, Mills, 44, worked as the aircraft handling officer aboard the carrier Nimitz, bringing order to a busy floating airport and meeting the demands of scores of people tending and moving dozens of aircraft. In her final act, she did what she knew best: Coordinating and directing the mission at hand by helping someone in need.
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