Fallen Airmen honored in base ceremony

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Airmen and friends of the 920th Rescue Wing held a ceremony at the Memorial Plaza here June 25 to commemorate the 18-year anniversary of a terrorist bombing that claimed the lives of 19 Airmen to include five from the rescue family.

The bombing took place June 25, 1996, when a truck bomb exploded outside the Khobar Towers, an 8-story housing complex where Airmen were staying, near Dhahran Air Base, Saudi Arabia.

In addition to the 19 Airmen killed, nearly 500 of varied nationalities were wounded.

Col. Brett Howard, 920th Rescue Wing vice commander, spoke about his feelings of kinship to those who lost their lives and offered condolences to the family members in attendance.

"I especially feel like I know these heroes because we are all part of the rescue family," said Howard. "I thank you, and we honor your sacrifice."

The rescue Airmen from the 71st Rescue Group, 1st Squadron, formally housed at Patrick AFB, who perished that day are:

Capt. Christopher J. Adams, Massapequa Park, N.Y.
Capt. Leland T. Haun, Clovis, Calif.
Master Sgt. Michael G. Heiser, Palm Coast, Fla.
Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Johnson, Shreveport, La.
Airman 1st Class Justin R. Wood, Modesto, Calif.

The 920th Rescue Wing is an Air Force Reserve combat search and rescue unit, which performs more than 20 percent of the Air Force's combat search and rescue mission (CSAR). The Wing is comprised of 1,800 Airmen and flies both fixed and rotor wing aircraft: the HC-130P/N extended-range Hercules and the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter.

For more information visit the 920th Rescue Wing's official website.