Fundraiser, Memorial Set for Fallen Hurlburt Airmen

A memorial service has been planned for the four airmen from Hurlburt Field who died last weekend in a plane crash in Africa.

The service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Hurlburt.

In addition, a benefit will be held this Saturday at the Funky Blues Shack in Destin (Harbor location) from 5pm to 3am. Money raised at the event will help offset travel costs and other expenses for families of the four fallen heroes.

The Funky Blues Shack will donate 20 percent of all food and beverages sold that night, along with all door cover charges, to assist. The restaurant opens at 5pm

In addition, a memorial fund has been established at FNBT.com Bank under the U28 Heroes Fund.

The men were returning to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti when their U-28 crashed for unknown reasons. The airmen were returning from a mission in support of "Operation Enduring Freedom".

Killed in the crash were Capt. Ryan P. Hall, Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock, Lt. Justin J. Wilkens and Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten. All four men were age thirty or under and had been deployed several times before and considered very experienced.

The Air Force's Interim Safety Investigation Board has taken control of the crash site and is preserving the wreckage while a formal investigation is being conducted. The loss of the four heroes is hitting home hard in the Hurlburt community.


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