Monday, February 20, 2012

Four Hurlburt airmen die

U-28A surveillance aircraft. Air Force photo
Four airmen from Hurlburt Field, Fla., died Saturday in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti involving their U-28. Killed were Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo., assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt; Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock, 29, of Newnan, Ga., assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt; 1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens, 26, of Bend, Ore., also with the 34th; and Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, 26, of Upper Marlboro, Md., assigned to the 25th Intelligence Squadron. The U-28 is a single engine aircraft that provides intelligence and surveillance for special operations forces. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Hurlburt Field is home of the Air Force Special Operations. (Sources: DoD, 1st Special Operations Wing, Northwest Florida Daily News, 02/20/12)