Saturday, August 10, 2013

TSgt Mark A. Smith

It has been confirmed that during a training mission in the Central Training Area, Okinawa Japan, that Technical Sergeant Mark A. Smith of the 33 Rescue Squadron was killed.  The HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter that had gone down performing a training mission.  Cause of the fatal accident is still unknown and under investigation.  TSgt Mark Smith was the Rescue Engineer for the HELO

TSgt Smith joined the USAF immediately after his high school graduation in July of 2000 and served his 13 years proudly and honorably.  In 2011 he  arrived in Kadena and had served 2 tours in Afghanistan with the 33 RQS and performed a multitude of missions saving and aiding the lives of our military on the ground.  One such mission involving the rescue of a commando earning him the AF Commendation Medal.

TSgt Smith is survived by his wife Jessica, and by two daughters.

God Bless you and thank you for your sacrifice and service!

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