Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, 40, of Hermosa Beach, California, died April 13, at an air base in southwest Asia in a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group, U.S. Air Forces Central Command. Salazar was a mechanical systems repairman, whose job was to ensure facility operations at an air base in the Gulf region that is supporting operations against Islamic State militants. Salazar was assigned to the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, part of the 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group and reporting to U.S. Air Forces Central Command. The unit's headquarters is at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, but Salazar's squadron was assigned elsewhere in the Gulf region.
Born: August 14 1984
Died: December 1, 2014 in Jordan
Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, Colorado, died Dec. 1 when his F-16 aircraft crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. He attended Rifle High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. His youth was spent in constant motion: harassing his sister, and participating in sports of all kinds from basketball, soccer, baseball, and swimming to eventing horses competing in the North American Young Riders Championship. While attending Rifle High School, Will was involved in choir, soccer, track, school plays, the National Honor Society, and was elected Senior class president. The Air Force awarded Will a full ride ROTC scholarship in Aerospace Engineering which allowed him to graduate with honors at Colorado State University in Boulder including the Distinguished Graduate award from the 105th ROTC detachment unit. Although Will was dedicated to academics, leadership, and becoming the best Air Force officer, he found time to join the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Upon graduation he learned that he was accepted into an elite pilot training program, ENJEPT (Euro Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training) at Sheppard Air Force base and proceeded on to F16 training at Luke AFB. His first assignment in 2011 was Kunsan, Korean where he proudly flew for the 35th fighter squadron, known as the Pantons, and earned the call sign, Pyro. It was there that he met the love of his life, Ashley Jones. Just last year, he returned to the states with his bride to be, and was based at Shaw AFB in the 77th fighter squadron, the Gamblers, also known as “the worlds greatest”. Ashley and Will married just days before he was deployed to the middle-east.
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Technical Sergeant Jason McIlvaine, 42, died in a scuba diving accident on October 18th off the coast of Okinawa. He was stationed at Kadena Air Force Base and assigned to the Aerospace Medicine Squadron.
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Senior Master Sergeant Swartz, 51, was among three Robins Air Force Base airmen who died during a typhoon on Okinawa on October 7, 2014. He served in the military for 33 years and was an aerospace propulsion superintendent.
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Staff Sergeant Joshua Schoenhoff, 27, was among three Robins Air Force Base airmen who died during a typhoon on Okinawa on October 7, 2014. He was an avionics technician who had been in the Air Force for only four years, but reached the rank of staff sergeant and had deployed five times.
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Master Sergeant Daniel Paschal, 33, was among three Robins Air Force Base airmen who died during a typhoon on Okinawa on October 7, 2014. He served in the military for 11 years and was an aerospace propulsion craftsman.
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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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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.
21st Logistics Readiness Squadron
Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado
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, 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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