AFA Holds Funeral For Airman Killed In African Crash

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

An airman from Colorado Springs will be laid to rest Monday at the Air Force Academy.

The funeral for Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, will be held at the Cadet Chapel. Burial will immediately follow.

Hall was among four airmen killed February 18 when their U-28 aircraft was involved in a crash near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. Hall had been assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron based out of Hurlburt Field, Florida since 2007.

Hall, originally from Colorado Springs, joined the Air Force in 2004, and was on his seventh deployment. He had more than 1,300 combat flight hours. Hall received his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corp at The Citadel.

Others on board included Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock, 1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens, and Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten.

The fallen airmen were part of Operation Enduring Freedom, which though most commonly associated with the war in Afghanistan, several countries fall under the name as part of the global War on Terror. They were returning from a mission at the time of the crash.


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