Honor the fallen

By Air Force Social Media

While many Americans will enjoy a long holiday weekend for Memorial Day, do not forget the intent of the day. Remember those service members who lost their lives defending our nation’s freedom. See some of the courageous heroes who have recently paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar

Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, age 40, died April 13, 2015, in a noncombat related incident at an air base in Southwest Asia while serving during Operation Inherent Resolve. Salazar, a native of Hermosa Beach, California, was assigned to U.S. Air Forces Central Command’s 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineering Group.

Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka

Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, age 30, died April 27, 2013, in a MC-12 crash near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Nishizuka, a native of Kailua, Hawaii, was assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, California.

Tech. Sgt. Larry D. Bunn

Tech. Sgt. Larry Bunn, age 43, died March 7, 2013, from a heart attack on an undisclosed base in Southwest Asia, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Bunn, a native of Bossier City, Louisiana, was assigned to the 307th Maintenance Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Capt. James M. Steel

Capt. James M. Steel, age 29, died April 3, 2013, in an F-16 Fighting Falcon crash near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Steel, a native of Tampa, Florida, was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin

Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, age 30, died April 27, 2013, in an MC-12 Liberty crash near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Fannin, a native of Morehead, Kentucky, was assigned to the 552nd Operations Support Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson
Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, age 24, died April 27, 2013, in an MC-12 Liberty crash near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Dickson, a native of Rancho Cordova, California, was assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, California.

Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney
Capt. Victoria A. Pinckney, age 27, died May 3, 2013, in a KC-135 Stratotanker crash near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Pinckney, a native of Palmdale, California, was assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington.

Capt. Mark T. Voss

Capt. Mark T. Voss, age 27, died May 3, 2013, in a KC-135 Stratotanker crash near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Voss, a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, was assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington.

Capt. Brandon L. Cyr
Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, age 28, died April 27, 2013, in an MC-12 Liberty crash near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Cyr, a native of Woodbridge, Virginia, was assigned to the 906th Air Refueling Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr.

Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr., age 22, of New Fairfield, Conn., died Sept. 5, 2013, of wounds caused by small-arms fire near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 105th Security Forces Squadron, Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y.

Tech. Sgt. Herman Mackey III
Tech. Sgt. Herman Mackey III, age 30, died May 3, 2013, in a KC-135 Stratotanker crash near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Mackey, a native of Bakersfield, California, was assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington.

Capt. David I. Lyon

Capt. David I. Lyon, age 28, died Dec. 27, 2013, from wounds caused by an improvised explosive device in Kabul, Afghanistan, while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Lyon, a native of Sandpoint, Idaho, was assigned to the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Master Sgt. David L. Poirier

Master Sgt. David L. Poirier, age 52, died Feb. 28, 2014, from a noncombat related incident at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Poirier, a native of North Smithfield, Rhode Island, was assigned to the 157th Operations Support Squadron at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire.

Capt. William H. Dubois
Capt. William H. Dubois, age 30, died Dec. 1, 2014, when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East while serving during Operation Inherent Resolve. Dubois, a native of New Castle, Colorado, was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.