E-11A Crash Victims Identified
The two airmen who died in the E-11A crash in Afghanistan on Monday have been identified by the Pentagon – Lt. Col. Paul Voss, and Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf. Both men were experienced pilots.
When US officials arrived at the crash site, there were no insurgents present, and the local Afghani villagers reportedly treated the remains of the two airmen with respect (Military.com). They were able to recover the “black box” from the crash site. An investigation into the cause is underway. According to the US, there is no evidence that the plane was shot down, in spite of the Taliban’s claims.
Lt Col Paul Voss, 46, from Yigo, Guam
Voss began his career as an enlisted airman, and was commissioned in 2001 after completion of USAF Officer Training School. He spent 25 years on active duty, with the last 4 years at Headquarters Air Combat Command at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia. He was on a voluntary deployment in support of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram.
His call sign was “Tabs” – his awards and decorations included: Meritorious Service Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal. He was piloting the Bombardier E-11A when he died.
Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf, 30, from Hudson, New Hampshire
Phaneuf was a heavy Bomber pilot from the 28th Bomb Wing. He flew the B-1B Lancer. According to Stripes, he wanted to be a pilot since high school, and was a member of the JROTC there. The police procession carrying his body is to pause in front of Alvine High School.
According to Stripes, his awards include: Air Force Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Award, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
“The men and women of our Air Force knowingly put themselves in harm’s way, and I’m thankful for great Americans like them. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family members and our fellow airmen during this difficult time.” ACC Commander, Gen. Mike Holmes
Featured photo: Lt. Col. Paul Voss, left, and Capt. Ryan Phaneuf were killed Jan. 27 in the crash of their E-11A battlefield communications aircraft in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. (Voss photo via Air Combat Command; Phaneuf photo via Alvirne High School yearbook, courtesy of David Morin)