Hurlburt Field Loses Four Airmen in Djibouti Crash

The U-28A, seen in this file photo, is a single engine, manned fixed wing aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The casualties from Hurlburt Field, Florida include an Air Force pilot on his seventh deployment, another pilot on his fifth deployment, a lieutenant and an airman both on their third deployment.

The crew was killed when their U-28A crashed returning from a mission in the Horn of Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo.  He was assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
  • Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock, 29, of Newnan, Ga.  He was assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
  • 1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens, 26, of Bend, Ore.  He was assigned to the 34th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
  • Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, 26, of Upper Marlboro, Md.  He was assigned to the 25th Intelligence Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.

You can read the media release from Air Force Special Operations Command HERE.

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4 Responses

  1. Such a tragedy. Capt. Hall was a 2004 graduate of The Citadel.

  2. My condolences to all involved. 4 true American Heroes gave to the fullest measure.

  3. […] Hurlburt Field Loses Four Airmen in Djibouti Crash (offthebase.wordpress.com) […]

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