Mon, Jul 20, 2009
Crew Went Down Saturday During Support Operations In
The commander of U.S. Air Forces Central expressed condolences
to the families and friends of two Air Force officers killed early
July 18 in the crash of an F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet that was
flying in support of coalition operations in eastern
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and loved
ones ... and to the airmen and the joint and coalition team members
who called them friends and will miss their fellow warriors," Air
Force Lt. Gen. Gary North said.
Air Force Capt. Thomas J. Gramith, 27, of Eagan, Minn., and Air
Force Capt. Mark R. McDowell, 26, of Colorado Springs, Colo., were
killed in the crash. They were assigned to the 336th Fighter
Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.
The airmen's bodies will be returned to their families through a
dignified transfer from Afghanistan to the United States, officials
The crash was not due to hostile fire, officials said, and a
board of officers will investigate the crash.
Meanwhile, an Army helicopter made an emergency landing in
Afghanistan's Kunar province yesterday. The aircraft landed near a
military base, and the site was immediately secured upon landing,
officials said. No enemy activity was reported in the area at the
time. Personnel on the aircraft were treated on site and evacuated
to the nearest medical facility for further treatment.
The incident is under investigation.
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