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Hurlburt Field to commemorate 30th Anniversary of Jockey-14 tragedy

Hurlburt Field is set to host a remembrance ceremony at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park on March 14, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. to honor the 30th anniversary of the Jockey-14 […]

Hurlburt Field is set to host a remembrance ceremony at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park on March 14, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. to honor the 30th anniversary of the Jockey-14 incident, where eight crew members lost their lives.

On March 14, 1994, an AC-130H Spectre gunship crew from the 16th Special Operations Squadron, known as Jockey-14, crash-landed in the Indian Ocean approximately 200 yards off the Somali coast during a routine Joint Task Force mission supporting Operation Continue Hope II.

The eight crew members who made the ultimate sacrifice were:

  • Capt. David Mehlhop, navigator
  • Capt. Mark Quam, electronic warfare officer
  • Capt. Anthony Stefanik Jr., fire control officer
  • Master Sgt. Roy Duncan, loadmaster
  • Tech. Sgt. Robert Daniel, sensor operator
  • Staff Sgt. Brian Barnes, aerial gunner
  • Staff Sgt. William Eyler, sensor operator
  • Staff Sgt. Michael Moser, aerial gunner

Lt. Gen. Michael T. Plehn, U.S. Air Force President of National Defense University, will serve as the guest speaker during the ceremony. The event will also feature a flyover by two AC-130J Ghostrider gunships from the 16th Special Operations Squadron and the 4th Special Operations Squadron.

The remembrance ceremony will be open to Department of Defense ID cardholders.

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