Saturday, June 25, 2011

Eglin remembers Khobar

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – More than 100 people gathered Friday at the 33rd Fighter Wing Memorial at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., to honor those killed in the 1996 attack at Khobar Towers at Dharan Air Base in Saudi Arabia. The attack was on the evening of June 25, 1996. Just before 10 p.m., a car bomb exploded at the tower were members of Eglin's 33rd Fighter Wing were wrapping up a three-month deployment. The blast killed 19 airmen and wounded 105. Twelve of the men who died were members of the 33rd. A total of seven airmen from Patrick, Offutt and Wright-Patterson air force bases also were killed. (Source: Northwest Florida Daily News, 06/24/11)