Remains of KC-135 airmen return to Fairchild AFB

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by OTHELLO RICHARDS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 6:41 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- The remains of the Fairchild Air Force Base airmen killed in a KC-135 crash returned to Spokane County on Thursday. 

Capt. Mark Tyler Voss, Capt. Victoria Pinckney and Tech. Sgt. Herman “Tre” Mackey III died while they were deployed at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan.

Fairchild Air Force Base leaders released few details about the procession, but community members who got word took action. An honor guard lined Highway 2 to honor the airmen as their remains passed through the area and a fire truck draped the American flag over the roadway.

“It means a lot to us, said Amber Pope. “We all work together in our community and having Fairchild being our partners here, it's very important for us to be here to support them.”

Pope’s husband serves in the Navy Reserve in Spokane.

“I've lost friends  in the wars and having my husband serve and I feel like it's something I can do to come out here and support their family, show my appreciation,” added Pope.

The two hearses passing along Highway 2 carried the remains of Pinkney and Mackey.
Air Force leaders have planned a public memorial to honor the crew killed during a plane crash in Kyrgyzstan.

The memorial will be held May 28th at 1-3 p.m. at the Inland Northwest Bank Performing Arts Center in Spokane. The memorial is open to the public.

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