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A former Arkansan who had been a strong voice for new security policy in the evolving world died in a recent plane crash. Shannon Beebe, an Army lieutenant colonel, backcountry airplane pilot and 1987 graduate of Lake Hamilton High School in Hot Springs, died when a single-engine plane he was flying crashed recently in Virginia, according to a story last week in the Washington Post. A West Point grad who served in the Balkans, in Iraq and as an assistant Army attache in Angola, Beebe was a daredevil pilot who logged hundreds hours of flying in the wilds of Africa and Alaska and the co-author of a book called "The Ultimate Weapon Is No Weapon" (2010, Public Affairs) that, according to the Post, argued that "traditional armies are no longer sufficient to stabilize conflict zones, and U.S. military forces should collaborate more with non-governmental organizations to protect civilians and communities rather than focusing on destroying enemies." The funeral will be Aug. 20 at Centerfork Missionary Baptist Church in Hot Springs.