An airman recently stationed at Offutt Air Force Base was among four service members killed Saturday in a plane crash in southern Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, served in the 97th Intelligence Squadron at Offutt from 2008 to 2012, said Robert Cummings, a spokesman for Beale Air Force Base near Marysville, Calif. Dickson was assigned to Beale's 306th Intelligence Squadron.
“Dickson was a dedicated airman and a warrior who will be missed by all,” Lt. Col. Jeffrey Ford, 97th Intelligence Squadron commander, said in a statement. “My condolences go out to his family members, friends and all who were blessed with knowing him.”
Dickson, a tactical systems operator who joined the Air Force in 2005, flew more than 120 missions and received six air medals, the Air Force said.
The men died when their MC-12 turboprop went down near Kandahar Airfield in Zabul province. The Defense Department said there were no indications of enemy activity.
Offutt spokesman Delanie Stafford said the 97th Intelligence Squadron is organizing a memorial service this week for Dickson, a native of Rancho Cordova, Calif.
The others killed Saturday were Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka of Kailua, Hawaii; Capt. Brandon L. Cyr of Woodbridge, Va.; and Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin of Morehead, Ky.
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