Sun, Jul 19, 2009
Two Air Force officers were killed July 18th in the crash of an
F-15E Strike Eagle. The aircraft, assigned to Seymour Johnson Air
Force Base, N.C., was flying in support of coalition operations in
eastern Afghanistan. The crash occurred at approximately 3:15 A.M.
"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," said
Lt. Gen. Gary North, U.S. Air Forces Central commander.
A team of U.S. and coalition forces immediately responded to the
crash site, secured it and recovered the Airmen.
Notification of the officers' next of kin is ongoing, and the
names have not yet been released, consistent with Department of
The Airmen will be returned to their families through a
dignified transfer from Afghanistan to the United States.
The crash was not due to hostile fire. A board of officers will
be convened to conduct a thorough investigation of the
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