Fairchild crew in deadly KC-135 crash honored

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 3, 2014 at 11:23 PM

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Saturday marked one year since a KC-135 tanker crash in Kyrgyzstan that killed three Fairchild airmen. Friends and family gathered at Fairchild Air Force Base to remember the fallen airmen.

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Capt. Mark T. Voss, 27, of Colorado Springs, Colo., Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney, 27, of Palmdale, Calif., and Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, of Bakersfield, Calif. died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan May 3, 2013.  The airmen were assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron out of Fairchild.

A couple hundred people showed up Saturday for the unveiling of a monument in honor of the three airmen. The ceremony began with a KC-135 fly-over, to represent airmen who will never stop flying.

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Colonel Brian Newberry spoke at the gathering about what he remembered about each member of the crew.

"We can never fill in the hole left in the American tapestry by their loss. But today we vow as a community never to forget them," said Newberry.   
   
The last memorial at Fairchild was dedicated around 20 years ago when a number of people died in a shooting at the on-base hospital.

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