Solemn Duty

Posted 13 July 2013
Photo by Maj. Kimberly Holman

Air National Guardsmen from the 146th Airlift Wing salute as firefighters remove the casket of a firefighter killed while battling a forest fire is removed from the cargo compartment of a C-130J at Channel Island ANGS, California, on 13 July 2013. Christopher Mackenzie, age 30, and Kevin Woyjeck, 21, were members of the nineteen-member Granite Mountain Hotshot crew that was overrun while battling the Yarnell fire near Prescott, Arizona, on 30 June. After getting approval from the Secretary of Defense, an aircrew from the 146th AW transported the bodies of the two California natives home. The 146th AW is one of four ANG and Air Force Reserve command C-130 units involved in aerial firefighting with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System.

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