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Master Sgt David L. Poirier

February 28th, 2014 No comments

Master Sgt. David L. Poirier, 52, of North Smithfield, R.I., died Feb. 28, from a non-combat related incident currently under investigation. He was assigned to the 157th Operations Support Squadron, Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen – Sec 5 Row E Site 65

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Capt. David I. Lyon

December 27th, 2013 1 comment

Born: March 31, 1985

Died:December 27, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan

Capt. David I. Lyon, formerly, David Lissy, of Sandpoint, Idaho graduated in 2003 from Sandpoint High. Lyon, a five-year veteran of the Air Force, was an Air Force Academy graduate and had been stationed at Peterson since January 2010. Dave competed in track and field for the Air Force Academy, setting an Academy record for a discus throw during a competition in 2006, according to Airforce Academy Athletics. He was serving a year-long deployment to Afghanistan and was performing a combat advisory mission with Afghan National Army Commandos, while working with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan. He was scheduled to return to Peterson in February. Lyon died at age 28 from wounds suffered when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart and the Air Force Combat Action Medal.United States Air Force Academy Cemetery in Colorado.

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21st Logistics Readiness Squadron

Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado

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Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr.

September 7th, 2013 No comments

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Born November 23, 1990 in New Milford, Connecticut

Died September 5, 2013 near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan

 

Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr., 22, of New Fairfield, Connecticut. He was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron at Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y.  “T.J.” wanted to follow in the footsteps of his parents, who are active members of the New York National Guard and become a police officer, like his father. He was “an unbelievable good kid” who thought of others before himself, was humble, spontaneous and had a delightful sense of humor. He graduated from New Fairfield High School in 2008 then enlisted in the Air Force, serving in Iraq from 2010-2011. T.J. studied Justice and Law Administration at Western Connecticut State University, working on his degree and was active in the New York National Guard. His spare time was spent with his girlfriend, his family, his beloved souped-up car and his beloved Mastiff dog, Gus.  T.J.  had a  Facebook page for Gus and enjoyed posting hilarious picture of them both.  In June of 2013, he deployed to Afghanistan, bringing along a case of fake mustaches to keep his fellow troops “light and loose.” It was going to be a long year, but he’d make it partly fun. One day Todd’s unit came in contact with an improvised explosive device. When it came time to move out through a dangerous stretch, Todd “literally was the first person in the formation.” He showed he was a leader. On the night of September 5th, he was leading a foot patrol with eight other airmen and his actions helped the others take cover when they were ambushed near Bagram Airfield. He was killed by small arms fire.  It was stressed that it was T.J.’s actions of leading his men were undeniably responsible for their safety and saving their lives. He was the leader, first in the line.  At his funeral people spoke of his sense of humor, especially his life and times with Gus and included times Todd would remove some of his friend’s favorite liquor from the bottles and replace it with water. Upon pouring a drink, his friends would realize, “hey, this is watered down.”  They then compared it with how T.J. lived his life. A full life- not watered down. Todd’s family includes his father Master Sgt Todd J. Lobraico and his mother Major Linda  Rohatsch; his step-parents; three sisters; a brother; his grandparents and of course Gus.

Burial: North Cemetery in Sherman Connecticut.

Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III

May 5th, 2013 No comments

Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield, Calif., died May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft. The airmen were assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The cause of the crash is under investigation. ‘Tre’ enlisted in the Air Force immediately after graduating from Bakersfield High School in 2001.

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Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney

May 5th, 2013 No comments

Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale, Calif., died May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft. SHe was assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The cause of the crash is under investigation. ‘Tori’ is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. She is the mother of a seven month old son.

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Capt. Mark T. Voss

May 5th, 2013 No comments

Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft. He was assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The cause of the crash is under investigation. Known best as Tyler, he graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

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Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin

April 28th, 2013 1 comment

Born: April 9, 1983 in Rowan County, Kentucky
Died: April 27, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin of Morehead, Kentucky died at age 30 near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft. The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash. He was assigned to the 552nd Operations Support Squadron, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Fannin was a sensory operator assigned to the 552nd Operations Support Squadron at Tinker. He joined the Air Force in 2001 after graduating from high school in Morehead. During his 11 years of service, he has served as an E-3 air surveillance technician as well as a MC-12 sensor operator. He had three previous deployed tours as an E-3 AWACS Air Surveillance Technician and MC-12 Sensor Operator. He was qualified as an instructor air surveillance technician, and also served with distinction in the 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker. Ft Gibson National

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Capt Brandon L. Cyr

April 28th, 2013 No comments

Born: September 16, 1984 in Aspen, Colorado
Died: April 27, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Capt. Brandon L. Cyr of Shiloh, IL., died at age 28 near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft. The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash. He was assigned to the 906th Air Refueling Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Capt Cyr, an instructor pilot, was a member of the 906th Air Refueling Squadron within the 375th Air Mobility Wing, its parent unit for administrative purposes. However, he flew alongside members of the Illinois Air National Guard’s 126th Air Refueling Wing as part of the Air Force’s Total Force Integration efforts. Cyr was part of an initial team of pilots who help to stand up the 906th ARS for the TFI effort. He most recently served as an executive officer for the 126th ARW commander, Col. Peter Nezamis. At the time of his death, he had earned more than 1,700 flying hours–900 of those in combat. Arlington National Cemetery

Memorials:
Capt. Brandon L. Cyr Memorial Scholorship Fund for
AFJROTC Students 906 Air Refueling Squadron %
Cindy Self 2151 Golf Course Rd
Scott Air Force Base IL 62225

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SSG Richard Andrew Dickson

April 27th, 2013 1 comment

Born: May 7, 1988 in Sacramento County, California
Died: April 27, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., died April 27, near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft. The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash. He was assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif. At the time of his deployment, SSG had flown more than 120 combat missions and was the recipient of six air medals. Mount Vernon Memorial Park

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Capt Reid K. Nishizuka

April 27th, 2013 1 comment

Born: January 29, 1983 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Died: April 27, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan

Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka of Kailua, Hawaii died at age 30 near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft. The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash. He was assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif. Reid graduated from Kailua High School in 2000 and studied aerospace engineering at Notre Dame University graduating in 2005. He entered military service in June 2005, completing multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan before his most recent tour. Nishizuka arrived at Beale in November, 2012 and deployed to Afghanistan in the spring of 2013. Capt Nishizuka served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force with 2,434 flying hours, more than half of that in combat. National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii – Sec I Site 1584

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