SALUTING THE BRAVE: Public Memorial Being Planned For The Fairchild Crew After Crash

SPOKANE, Wash. - A public memorial service is being planned for the crew of an aerial refueling tanker that crashed in Kyrgyzstan last week.

    

The service is not yet scheduled, but will be held here in Spokane.

    

Meanwhile, details are emerging about the three crew members who died when the KC-135 crashed last Friday.

    

Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney was a mother and college rugby player.

    

Capt. Mark T. Voss was a graduate of the Air Force Academy and was known for his smile.

    

Tech. Sgt. Herman Mackey III was humorous and the father of a young daughter.

    

All three were members of the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, but were operating out of an air base the U.S. operates in Kyrgyzstan.

McMorris Rodgers Expresses Condolences on the KC-135 Crash: In regards to Friday's tragic crash in Kyrgyzstan, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers releases the following statement:

"Today, my thoughts and prayers go to the family, friends, and fellow Airmen of Captain Mark T. Voss, Captain Victoria A. Pinckney, and Technical Sergeant Herman Mackey III, who lost their lives last Friday when their KC-135 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. All three of these patriots were members of our Eastern Washington community as proud members of the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base.

These brave Airmen leave behind an incredible legacy and remind all of us that freedom is never free. Eastern Washington will forever honor Captain Voss, Captain Pinckney, and Technical Sergeant Mackey for making the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation and their service will never be forgotten."

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KHQ.COM - FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – Three Airmen from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron tragically perished Friday, May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft.

The crew and aircraft were assigned to the Transit Center at Manas near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The deceased are:

            Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, hometown of Boerne, Texas

            Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, hometown of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Tech. Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, hometown of Bakersfield, Calif.

"We're a strong family here and it's truly heart wrenching when members of this family make the ultimate sacrifice for their nation," said Col. Brian Newberry, 92d Air Refueling Wing Commander. "We will forever honor Tyler, Tori and Tre as patriots and heroes.

Team Fairchild will do everything we can to support their families and friends during this profoundly difficult time. These Airmen leave behind an incredible legacy of service and honor in protecting our nation and the world. They show what we all know, freedom is not free."

The 93rd ARS is part of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Details of a memorial service are pending and will be released when they become available. 

McMorris Rodgers Expresses Condolences on the KC-135 Crash

In regards to Friday's tragic crash in Kyrgyzstan, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers releases the following statement:

"Today, my thoughts and prayers go to the family, friends, and fellow Airmen of Captain Mark T. Voss, Captain Victoria A. Pinckney, and Technical Sergeant Herman Mackey III, who lost their lives last Friday when their KC-135 aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. All three of these patriots were members of our Eastern Washington community as proud members of the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base.

These brave Airmen leave behind an incredible legacy and remind all of us that freedom is never free. Eastern Washington will forever honor Captain Voss, Captain Pinckney, and Technical Sergeant Mackey for making the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation and their service will never be forgotten."