Airmen killed in Kyrgyzstan from Wash. Air Force base

Wreckage from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft wreckage is strewn across a field near the village of Chaldovar, about 100 miles (160 kms) west of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, Friday, May 3, 2013. The emergencies ministry in Kyrgyzstan says a US military plane has crashed in the country. Kyrgyzstan hosts a US base that is used for troops transiting into and out of Afghanistan and for C-135 tanker planes that refuel warplanes in flight. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)
Wreckage from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft wreckage is strewn across a field near the village of Chaldovar, about 100 miles (160 kms) west of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, Friday, May 3, 2013. The emergencies ministry in Kyrgyzstan says a US military plane has crashed in the country. Kyrgyzstan hosts a US base that is used for troops transiting into and out of Afghanistan and for C-135 tanker planes that refuel warplanes in flight. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two Air Force Academy graduates were among those killed in the crash of a military tanker refueling plane in Kyrgyzstan last week.

Mark T. Voss and Victoria Pinckney, 2008 academy graduates, were both 27-year-old captains. They were killed along with Sgt. Herman Mackey of Bakersfield, Calif.

The Defense Department said Sunday that all three were assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild Air Force Base in Washington state.

The Gazette reported that Pinckney leaves a husband and a son. The Palmdale, Calif. native played rugby while studying at the academy. Her parents live in Colorado Springs.

Voss is survived by his parents, Wayne and Marcy Voss, of Boerne (BER’-nee), Texas.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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