SPOKANE, Wash. -- Technical Sergeant Herman “Tre” Mackey III died Friday, May 3rd near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan in the crash of a KC-135. Pinckney was based out of Fairchild Air Force Base.
The Department of Defense released the names of all three victims on Sunday. Also killed were Capt. Victoria “Tory” Ann Pinckney and Capt. Mark Voss. The airmen were assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron. The cause of the crash is under investigation according to the Department of Defense.
The plane was on a refueling mission for Afghanistan war operations at the time of the crash, a U.S. defense official in Washington said, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to discuss the details of an ongoing investigation.
Mackey graduated from Bakersfield High School in California.
He is survived by his wife, Megan, and daughter, Payton. Fairchild leaders said he is also survived by mother, three sisters, and two brothers.
Voss was 30-years-old.