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Posted 4/28/2013   Updated 5/1/2013 Email story   Print story


by Staff Reports

4/28/2013 - BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Two Beale Airmen were among four Airmen killed in a MC-12 Liberty plane crash near Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, April 27. Captain Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii, was assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron. Staff Sergeant Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., was assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron. Both were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

NATO reported there was no apparent enemy activity in the area at the time, and the cause of the crash remains under investigation. The MC-12 was also deployed from Beale AFB.

"All of us are saddened at the loss of Capt. Nishizuka and Staff Sgt. Dickson," said Col. Phil Stewart, installation commander at Beale. "The Air Force is a tight-knit family, and it hurts to lose a wingman in combat. I'd like to express my deepest condolences to the families and friends impacted by this tragedy; our thoughts and prayers are with them. Please respect the families' privacy as they grieve the loss of these loved ones."

4/29/2013 8:25:57 PM ET
Yes condolences to their families all of the Airmen of the organizations taking part in one of the more challenging working conditons and not recognized jobs in the services. As a former operator the challenges and price paid are too high
Ray Fisher MSgt USAF ret, Omaha NE
4/28/2013 6:25:44 PM ET
As a former MC-12 crew member I wish to express my condolences to the families and squadron-mates of these fine Airmen. I know for myself that the six months I spent deployed to Afghanistan in the MC-12 were the most meaningful of my entire career. I can assure you that these Airmen felt the same and that their actions in executing this important mission saved lives on a daily basis. Here's a toast...
Matt Harper Lt Col retired, Austin TX
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