Sunday, May 6, 2018

Fallen Air Guardsmen honored in Puerto Rico following deadly crash in Savannah

Posted By on Sun, May 6, 2018 at 10:43 AM

click to enlarge 2nd Lt David 'Lani' Albandoz
2nd Lt David 'Lani' Albandoz
The Puerto Rico Air National Guard unit who lost nine airmen in last week's crash of a C-130 on Highway 21 have released a short video from the private memorial ceremony honoring the fallen crew.

The ceremony was attended by family and Airmen from the 156th Airlift Wing at Muñiz Air National Guard Base, Puerto Rico, on May 4.

"In the video, as the names of the Airmen are called, you will hear their family  members and the Airmen of the PRANG respond with 'Presente y Vive!,' 
click to enlarge Maj Carlos 'Dulzura' Perez-Serra
Maj Carlos 'Dulzura' Perez-Serra
which translates in English to 'Present and Lives,' as their souls, characters, memories and sacrifices will always remain Present and Living with their families, the PRANG and the island of Puerto Rico," says Sgt. Angel Oquendo, public information officer with the 156th.


"These are our fallen heroes who served our island and our nation . Thank you for telling their story," Oquendo says.  

click to enlarge Maj. Jose "JR" Roman
Maj. Jose "JR" Roman

click to enlarge MSgt Jean M. 'Audi' Audiffred Rivera
MSgt Jean M. 'Audi' Audiffred Rivera
click to enlarge MSgt Mario 'Sully' Braña
MSgt Mario 'Sully' Braña

click to enlarge MSgt. Eric 'Quillo' Circuns
MSgt. Eric 'Quillo' Circuns








click to enlarge MSgt. Victor 'Vitin' Colon
MSgt. Victor 'Vitin' Colon





click to enlarge SMSgt Jan A. Paravisini-Ruiz
SMSgt Jan A. Paravisini-Ruiz
click to enlarge SrA Roberto Espada
SrA Roberto Espada










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Jim Morekis

A native Savannahian, Jim has been editor-in-chief of Connect Savannah for 15 years. The University of Georgia graduate is also a travel writer, authoring regional guides in the Moon handbook series...
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