Fallen Fairchild airmen return home

Author: Annie Bishop, KXLY4 Reporter , annieb@kxly.com
Published On: May 11 2013 02:50:17 PM PDT   Updated On: May 11 2013 05:21:29 PM PDT
Fallen Fairchild airmen return home

The remains of three Fairchild airmen killed in Kyrgyzstan a week and a half ago are now on U.S. soil.
 
Sources tell KXLY, Capt. Mark "Tyler" Voss, Tech Sgt. "Tre" Mackey and Captain Victoria Pinckney arrived at Dover Air Force Base early Saturday morning.  Although, only Capt. Pinckey's family agreed to have her dignified transfer photographed by the media.  The families of Capt. Voss and Tech Sgt. Mackey respectfully asked for privacy.


 
The airmen were killed May 3, 2013, when their KC-135 Stratotanker crashed in northern Kyrgyzstan.  All three were deployed to the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing's 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
The Air Force said memorial services are planned by the airmen's families and will most likely take place in their respective home states.
 
On Friday, the INB Performing Arts Center offered its venue to Fairchild, free of charge, to hold a public memorial service.
 
The City of Spokane is also offering a police escort or honor guard to respectfully honor and remember the fallen heroes.
 
"This time of tragedy we first and foremost thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the lost airmen and Spokane stands ready to support Fairchild," Brian Coddington with the city said.

An online fundraiser is selling t-shirts to help the families the airmen left behind. If you'd like to learn more about the effort, visit this website: http://campaign.customink.com/shell77