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Published:July 19th, 2009 20:46 EST
DOD Officials Identify Air Force Casualties From F-15E Crash

DOD Officials Identify Air Force Casualties From F-15E Crash

By SOP newswire3

Department of Defense officials here July 19 announced the names of two Airmen who died supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in a nonhostile F-15E Strike Eagle crash July 18 near Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

Killed were:
-- Capt. Thomas J. Gramith, 27, of Eagan, Minn. He was assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C.
-- Capt. Mark R. McDowell, 26, of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron from Seymour Johnson AFB.

The crash occured at 3:15 A.M. Kabul time. The F-15E is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The aircraft uses two crewmembers, a pilot and a weapon systems officer. 

Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. A board of officers will investigate the accident.

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123159368