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NC National GuardOn behalf of the members of Wake & District we would like to express our condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of the North Carolina Air National Guard’s 145th Airlift Wing airmen who were killed in a plane crash on 01 July 2012.   The North Carolina National Guard had sent two aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFAS) to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Saturday morning to support firefighting efforts.

The N.C. Air National Guard confirmed the deaths of four airmen involved in the crash of a C-130 while fighting a fire in the Black Hills of South Dakota; 2 airmen were seriously injured in the crash.  Killed were Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal,  Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon.    “Words can’t express how much we feel the loss of these Airmen,” said Brig. Gen. Tony McMillan, 145th AW Commander. “Our prayers are with their families, as well as our injured brothers as they recover.”

MAFFS is a joint Department of Defense and U.S. Forest Service program designed to provide additional aerial firefighting resources when commercial and private air tankers are no longer able to meet the needs of the forest service.  More information on the NC Air National Guard’s 145th Airlift Wing can be found here.

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