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Unread post11 Dec 2020, 00:52

Pilot found dead following F-16 crash in Michigan’s U.P.
December 10, 2020

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing has announced the death of the F-16 pilot who crashed Wednesday in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

In accordance with Department of Defense policy, the 115th Fighter Wing will not release the pilot’s identity until 24 hours after notifying the service member’s next of kin, according to a news release.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time,” 115th Fighter Wing commander Col. Bart Van Roo said. “Today is a day for mourning, and the 115th Fighter Wing along with the entire Wisconsin National Guard stands with the pilot’s family as we grieve the loss of a great Airman, and patriot.”

“We are an extremely close knit group at the fighter wing, and the loss of one of our own brings immeasurable sadness to every member of our organization,” he said.

The crash occurred within Michigan’s Hiawatha National Forest during a training mission Tuesday night. A multi-state, interagency search for the pilot and aircraft immediately followed the crash. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The 115th Fighter Wing is appreciative of the community support provided to its members and will release additional details as they become available.

The 115th Fighter Wing will provide another update early Friday morning.

Source : https://wkow.com/2020/12/10/pilot-found ... igans-u-p/




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Unread post11 Dec 2020, 21:07

From the 115th Facebook page:
Today the 115th Fighter Wing identified Capt. Durwood “Hawk” Jones, 37, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the pilot who lost his life in an F-16 crash in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Dec. 8.

Capt. Jones joined the Air National Guard in 2011 and graduated from F-16 basic qualification training in 2015. He is a decorated combat veteran, deploying as a part of a United States Pacific Command Theater Support Package to Japan in 2015 and to Korea in 2017. He deployed again in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel to Afghanistan in 2019.

Capt. Jones has been awarded two Air Medal’s with combat “C” devices, which are awarded to individuals who have been personally exposed to hostile action or under significant risk of hostile action.


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Unread post12 Dec 2020, 11:47

https://journaltimes.com/news/local/fla ... 1c2b6.html

Flags to be at half-staff for 7 days to honor Capt. Durwood "Hawk" Jones of the Wisconsin Air National Guard


The order goes into effect at sunrise Saturday and is to remain in effect until sundown on Friday, Dec. 18.


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Unread post15 Jan 2021, 11:22

https://wkow.com/2021/01/09/body-of-pil ... o-madison/

Body of pilot who died in F-16 fighter jet crash returns to Madison


UPDATE (WKOW) - It was a solemn reception Saturday for a Wisconsin National Guard pilot, killed last month during a training exercise.

Airmen and others lined the street to welcome him home.

It was a Hero's Welcome home Major Durwood "Hawk" Jones.

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