Four Hurlburt-Based Iraq War Victims to Be Buried at Arlington

The remains of four U.S. Special Operations airmen based in the Florida Panhandle and an Iraqi pilot will be buried together Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

The small Iraqi Air Force plane crashed May 30 on a mission to find and survey remote landing sites about 80 miles northeast of Baghdad.

The Americans were Major William “Brian” Downs of Virginia, Captains Jeremy Fresques of Arizona and Derek Argel of California, and Staff Sergeant Casey Crate of Washington.

The Iraqi pilot is identified only as Captain Abass. The Air Force is holding a group burial because some of the remains could not be identified. All five names will be on the grave marker.