Thu, Jul 24, 2008
Six Lost In July 21 Downing
Air Force officials have released the names of the Barksdale
AFB crew members of the
B-52 that crashed July 21 off Guam's northwest
coast. Five of the six crew members were stationed at
the Louisiana base.
They are Maj. Christopher M. Cooper, 33, aircraft commander;
Maj. Brent D. Williams, 37, navigator; Capt. Michael K. Dodson, 31,
co-pilot; 1st Lt. Joshua D. Shepherd, 26, navigator; and 1st Lt.
Robert D Gerren, 32, electronic warfare officer.
The sixth crew member was Col. George Martin, flight surgeon and
deputy commander of 36th Medical Group at Andersen Air Force Base,
Guam. The Barksdale Airmen were deployed to Guam with the 20th
Expeditionary Bomb Squadron as part of DOD's continuous bomber
presence mission in the Pacific.
"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of
these Airmen," said Col. Robert Wheeler, 2d Bomb Wing commander.
"We appreciate the military and civilian organizations who are
continuing recovery efforts to bring our Airmen home."
A board of officers is investigating the accident. So far,
there's no indication from the Air Force as to what may have led to
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