Friday, October 2, 2015

6 US Troops Among 11 Dead in C-130 Crash

Pentagon Identifies Airmen Killed in C-130 Crash in Afghanistan

The airmen killed were
Capt. Jonathan J. Golden, 33, of Camarillo, California
Capt. Jordan B. Pierson, 28, of Abilene, Texas
Staff Sgt. Ryan D. Hammond, 26, of Moundsville, West Virginia
Senior Airman Quinn L. Johnson-Harris, 21, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Airman Nathan C. Sartain, 29, of Pensacola, Florida
Airman 1st Class Kcey E. Ruiz, 21, of McDonough, Georgia
Two airmen from Hanscom Air Force Base killed in Afghanistan
Boston Herald
Zuri Berry, Matt Stout
October 2, 2015

Two airmen deployed from Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass., died when their aircraft crashed in Afghanistan yesterday, according to the base commander.

"This is a devastating day for our Air Force and for Hanscom Air Force Base," said Col. Michael A. Vogel, base commander, in a statement. "Our hearts are heavy with sorrow as we grieve with and for the families of these brave Airmen."

Six serviceman died in the crash yesterday shortly after takeoff from Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan. The four other men who died were deployed from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas. The two men from Hanscom who were killed were in the 66th Security Forces Squadron and were in the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing in Afghanistan, which regularly deploys to assist with security operations around the globe, according to the base.
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Reminder in case you forgot there are still troops in Afghanistan
About 9,500 U.S. service members remain in Afghanistan after the administration's decision earlier this year to keep a larger U.S. force size on the ground to help the Afghan government solidify security gains.
6 US Troops Among 11 Dead in C-130 Crash in Afghanistan
Stars and Stripes
Josh Smith
October 2, 2015

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Six U.S. service members and five contractors were killed in a C-130 crash at Jalalabad Airport in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said late Thursday.

The crash, which occurred just after midnight Friday Afghanistan time, involved a C-130J assigned to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, which is part of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing.

The airport at Jalalabad, located about 100 miles east of Kabul, is used only for military and United Nations flights.

In a post online, the Taliban claimed they had shot down the aircraft, killing 15 "invaders" plus several Afghan "hirelings."

However, U.S. Air Force Maj. Tony Wickman, a spokesman for the 455th said, "With high confidence, it does not appear at this time that enemy fire was a factor in the aircraft crash. We have first responders on scene working at the crash site doing recovery operations, so I can't give you information on casualties on the ground. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident."

Wickman said the crash occurred immediately after takeoff. "The aircraft crash site is contained wholly within the confines of the airfield," he told Stars and Stripes.
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