AFA Grad Killed in Iraq

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A 1989 Air Force Academy graduate died Sept. 14 while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

U.S. Marine Corps. Maj. Kevin M. Shea, 38, of Washington, D.C., died from injuries received during enemy action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, according to an announcement Sept. 15 from Department of Defense officials.

Maj. Shea earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Academy. Upon graduation, and at his request, he was commissioned into the Marine Corps.

At the time of his death he was a Communications Information Systems Officer assigned to Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Maj. Shea is the fourth known Academy graduate to die in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Capt. John Boria, Class of '98, died Sept. 6 in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Doha, Qatar. He was assigned to the 911th Air Refueling Squadron at Grand Forks AFB, N.D.

In April 2003, Capt. Eric Das, Class of '95, was killed in an F-15E crash in Iraq. He was assigned to Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

In November '03, Maj. Steven Plumhoff was killed in an MH-53 helicopter crash in Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 53rd Special Operations Squadron at Kirkland AFB, N.M.