Fairchild Airmen Honored in Spokane

By Paige Browning

Tuesday in Spokane people came together to honor three Air Force airmen who died earlier this month. They were members of the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron from Fairchild Air Force Base.
Veterans and service members stood with flags outside the INB Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Paige Browning)
Veterans and service members stood with flags outside the INB Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Paige Browning)

As people found their seats for the memorial, the Angus Scott Pipe Band played in the foyer of the INB Performing Arts Center. Large posters of the three airmen stood on the stage, with combat boots propped below.

Captain Mark Tyler Voss, Captain Victoria Pinckney, and Technical Sergeant Herman “Tre” Mackey died in a plane crash in the mountains of Kyrgystan, where they were operating out of a U.S. Base.

The Angus Scott Pipe Band performed before and after the memorial ceremony. (Photo by Paige Browning)Captain Voss was an Air Force Academy graduate, and his friend Captain Tino Diaz said he lived life to its fullest.

Diaz: “I was recently deployed over the holidays, and Tyler would step up and help my wife when I was gone. He would attempt to do the dishes, he would pick up my son from daycare, and he would shovel my driveway… That was Tyler.”

Captain Pinckney also graduated from the Air Force Academy, where she played rugby with Captain Ashly Barnes.  Barnes says Pinckney was also a black belt in karate, and dedicated worker.

Barnes: “However Tori would say that her greatest accomplishment occurred on September 17th, 2012, when she took on the dignified title of mom, to a beautiful little boy she and Rich named Gabriel.”

The next speaker talked about Tech Sergeant Mackey, who was known for infectious sense of humor, and being a loving father to his daughter Peyton.  Staff Sergeant Ben Davis honored him.

Davis: “He was always looking for reasons to have a get together for the kids to play, let the wives hang out, whether it was a Saturday night, Thanksgiving, or Easter.  Everyone was always welcome at the Mackey house.”

The memorial ended with a final salute by members of the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, a 21 gun salute, and Air Force hymn by the 560th Air Force Band.
 
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The Angus Scott Pipe Band performed before and after the memorial ceremony. (Photo by Paige Browning)
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