Lt Col Seth Nehring – National Guardsman Killed in Ukraine
Lt Col Seth Nehring (aka “Jethro”) was identified as the California Air National Guard member killed in a jet fighter crash in the Ukraine on Tuesday. He and Col Ivan Petrenko were on a single-aircraft familiarization flight in a Ukrainian Su-27UB fighter jet. Both lost their lives in the crash.
Nehring was with the 144th Fighter Wing out of the California Air National Guard in Fresno. He served as Operations Officer in the Joint Operations Center, and was the liaison for all flight operations. The Air Force stated that he was hand picked for his job due to his expertise and long history with the unit- 20 years.
The two men were participating in “Clear Skies 2018,” the largest NATO aviation exercise in the Ukraine in decades. The jet crashed at around 5 p.m. local time in the Khmelnytskyi region in Western Ukraine.
Clear Sky 2018 is a joint and multinational exercise that involving approximately 950 personnel from nine nations, including Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The Clear Sky 18’s training is intended to increase the level of interoperability of the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the Air Forces of the US and NATO, work out effective joint management of operations in the air, work out the sharing of intelligence and surveillance capabilities, as well as cyberdefense focused on the needs of the air forces.
Stripes wrote about Lt Col Nehring:
“Nehring was assigned to the 194th Fighter Squadron, part of the 144th Fighter Wing. He was with the wing for more than 20 years, the unit’s statement said. Nehring began his career as an enlisted crew chief before being selected for a pilot slot. He flew the F-16 Viper for more than 15 years and converted to the F-15 Eagle.”
The crash is under investigation.
Featured photo: Facebook from USAF of Lt Col Seth Nehring