SALUTING THE BRAVE: Fairchild Airmen Remembered - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

SALUTING THE BRAVE: Thousands Remember The 3 Fallen Airmen Of Fairchild Air Force Base

Photo taken on Tuesday Photo taken on Tuesday

SPOKANE, Wash. - A public memorial was held on Tuesday afternoon to remember Captain Victoria Pinckney, Captain Mark Tyler Voss and Technical Sergeant Herman "Tre" Mackey.

The three airmen died when their KC-135 air tanker crashed in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan. All three airmen were stationed at Fairchild Air Force base in Airway Heights. On Tuesday the airmen were honored with a full military memorial including a 21 gun salute the playing of taps and friends & family of the fallen airmen paying tribute speaking to the crowd of around 1,000 people. 

The mother of Capt. Mark Tyler Voss, Marcelle Voss was the only family member to publicly speak at the memorial. "Tyler followed his passions. As a child he dreamed of being a pilot." Voss said about her son. "He set his sights on becoming a pilot in elementary school," Marcelle said. Staff Sergeant Ben Davis also spoke to the crowd about his friend and fellow airmen Herman "Tre" Mackey. Mackey was a husband and father to his daughter Peyton. 

"He was a family man" Davis said. "Everyone was always welcome at the Mackey house." Captain Victoria Pinckney was a wife and mother. Her friend Captain Ashly Barnes spoke about Pickney's life Tuesday. "Behind that infectious smile was a woman who knew what she wanted in life" Barnes said. "We should never stop celebrating the life of a person who had so much life to celebrate."      

All three airmen are combat veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom. The deaths of the 3 airmen mark the first since 1999 that Fairchild tanker crew has been killed. The cause of the most recent crash is still under investigation.

  • News Surrounding The KC-135 Crash in KyrgyzstanMore>>

  • SALUTING THE BRAVE: Thousands Remember The 3 Fallen Airmen Of Fairchild Air Force Base

    SALUTING THE BRAVE: Fairchild Airmen Remembered

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A public memorial was held on Tuesday afternoon to remember Captain Victoria Pinckney, Captain Mark Tyler Voss and Technical Sergeant Herman "Tre" Mackey.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A public memorial was held on Tuesday afternoon to remember Captain Victoria Pinckney, Captain Mark Tyler Voss and Technical Sergeant Herman "Tre" Mackey.>>
  • UPDATE: Air Force Releases KC-135 Crash Report

    UPDATE: Air Force Releases KC-135 Crash Report

    Thursday, March 13 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-03-13 15:49:34 GMT
    Thursday, March 13 2014 11:49 AM EDT2014-03-13 15:49:34 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Air Force says a KC-135 air tanker that crashed in Kyrgyzstan last year was yawing to the left and the right so violently that the tail section broke off, causing the aircraft to plunge toward the ground and explode in mid-air.>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - The Air Force says a KC-135 air tanker that crashed in Kyrgyzstan last year was yawing to the left and the right so violently that the tail section broke off, causing the aircraft to plunge toward the ground and explode in mid-air. The accident last May killed a three-member crew from Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane. >>
  • SALUTING THE BRAVE: Procession For Fallen Fairchild Airmen

    SALUTING THE BRAVE: Procession For Fallen Fairchild Airmen

    AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - On Thursday dozens of people lined the streets in Airway Heights to pay their respects to two fallen Fairchild Airmen.>>
    AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. - On Thursday dozens of people lined the streets in Airway Heights to pay their respects to Capt. Victoria Pinckney and Tech. Sgt. Herman "Tre" Mackey III as their bodies were transported to Spokane ahead of Tuesday's public memorial.>>
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Spokane man intervenes in terrifying case of road rage

    Spokane man intervenes in terrifying case of road rage

    Thursday, September 21 2017 2:23 AM EDT2017-09-21 06:23:54 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A terrifying case of road rage could have gotten much worse if it hadn't been for a total stranger. The man went from a spectator to a participant in a matter of seconds. Once James Williams saw there were kids involved in this potentially dangerous situation, the former Marine Corps. medic said he had to do whatever he could do to help.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - A terrifying case of road rage could have gotten much worse if it hadn't been for a total stranger. The man went from a spectator to a participant in a matter of seconds. Once James Williams saw there were kids involved in this potentially dangerous situation, the former Marine Corps. medic said he had to do whatever he could do to help.

    >>
  • Coeur d’Alene Police search for armed robbery suspect

    Thursday, September 21 2017 9:35 AM EDT2017-09-21 13:35:12 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d’Alene Police are searching for an armed robbery suspect who entered a grocery store demanding money from the clerk at gunpoint. The robbery occurred around 9pm Wednesday at Jordan's Grocery in the 1000 block of N. 15th street. The suspect male entered the store with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk who removed all the cash from the register and gave it to the suspect.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d’Alene Police are searching for an armed robbery suspect who entered a grocery store demanding money from the clerk at gunpoint. The robbery occurred around 9pm Wednesday at Jordan's Grocery in the 1000 block of N. 15th street. The suspect male entered the store with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk who removed all the cash from the register and gave it to the suspect.

    >>
  • Family, friends remember artist killed in I-90 crash

    Family, friends remember artist killed in I-90 crash

    Wednesday, September 20 2017 11:13 PM EDT2017-09-21 03:13:49 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - When Ryan Foster received the tragic news about losing his sister in a crash on Interstate 90, he couldn’t believe it. He was all the way back east in Jersey City, New Jersey, and got on a plane as fast as he could "Just shock, disbelief. I mean there's still a great deal of it, but at this point it's just about remembering her," said Ryan. 24-year-old Michaelanne Foster is being remembered as a talented artist and a loving and caring sister.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - When Ryan Foster received the tragic news about losing his sister in a crash on Interstate 90, he couldn’t believe it. He was all the way back east in Jersey City, New Jersey, and got on a plane as fast as he could "Just shock, disbelief. I mean there's still a great deal of it, but at this point it's just about remembering her," said Ryan. 24-year-old Michaelanne Foster is being remembered as a talented artist and a loving and caring sister.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • EWU sends out warning about sexual assaults in the community

    EWU sends out warning about sexual assaults in the community

    Friday, September 22 2017 12:26 AM EDT2017-09-22 04:26:12 GMT

    CHENEY, Wash. - Right now Eastern Washington University is trying to curb a very scary trend.  School just started this week and there is already an issue. Campus police sent out an alert warning about sexual assaults in the community, so I went to campus to try and find out more. There have been at least 5 times when a student or faculty member saw something or heard information so alarming; they felt compelled to speak up in the name 

    >>

    CHENEY, Wash. - Right now Eastern Washington University is trying to curb a very scary trend.  School just started this week and there is already an issue. Campus police sent out an alert warning about sexual assaults in the community, so I went to campus to try and find out more. There have been at least 5 times when a student or faculty member saw something or heard information so alarming; they felt compelled to speak up in the name 

    >>
  • Flexible seating for students at Ramsey Elementary

    Flexible seating for students at Ramsey Elementary

    Friday, September 22 2017 12:11 AM EDT2017-09-22 04:11:01 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Tonight flexible seating is a trending topic at schools across the U.S. and it's year two for the experimental plan at one elementary school in Coeur d'Alene. When you walk into Sumer Comfort’s first grade classroom at Ramsey Elementary, you may notice something a little different, a little more flexible. Instead of in desks, kids are sitting on exercise balls, cushions, or the floor. The industrial lights are off; instead they 

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Tonight flexible seating is a trending topic at schools across the U.S. and it's year two for the experimental plan at one elementary school in Coeur d'Alene. When you walk into Sumer Comfort’s first grade classroom at Ramsey Elementary, you may notice something a little different, a little more flexible. Instead of in desks, kids are sitting on exercise balls, cushions, or the floor. The industrial lights are off; instead they 

    >>
  • Seattle-bound flight stops in Spokane for medical emergency

    Seattle-bound flight stops in Spokane for medical emergency

    Thursday, September 21 2017 11:53 PM EDT2017-09-22 03:53:32 GMT
    Seattle-bound flight stops in Spokane for medical emergencySeattle-bound flight stops in Spokane for medical emergency

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - An Alaska Airlines flight from Chicago to Seattle made an emergency landing in Spokane because of a medical emergency. KOMO-TV reports an Alaska spokeswoman said a male passenger collapsed outside a lavatory on the plane Thursday. Officials say a physician on the plane started CPR and was assisted by two medics. The plane landed in Spokane, and the passenger was taken to a local hospital. There is no information on his condition. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - An Alaska Airlines flight from Chicago to Seattle made an emergency landing in Spokane because of a medical emergency. KOMO-TV reports an Alaska spokeswoman said a male passenger collapsed outside a lavatory on the plane Thursday. Officials say a physician on the plane started CPR and was assisted by two medics. The plane landed in Spokane, and the passenger was taken to a local hospital. There is no information on his condition. 

    >>