We mourn our fallen together

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  • By Brig. Gen. Mark Dillon
  • 86th Airlift Wing commander
The old adage is true - tragedy does not wait until a time of our choosing to strike.

Two Airmen were abruptly killed and two more seriously injured this Wednesday while transiting Frankfurt Airport. We in the Kaiserslautern Military Community are left to try to comprehend our sudden loss.

One thing always carries us in times of tragedy is the tremendous sense of family that comes with wearing Air Force Blue. Today our entire Air Force family has come together to support us, and mourn our losses. Across the KMC, our Army brethren stand beside us, as do our partners in the local German community. All are with us to honor those we've lost, and help us through troubled times.

My wife Sara and I send our deepest condolences and gratitude to the families of our fallen today, and we pray they find the strength to carry them through the trials ahead. All of the Airmen and families involved will receive every available resource we can provide at the Air Force Deployment Transition Center to help them cope with Wednesday's events.

History has shown that when the world is at its worst, the men and women of the U.S. military are at our best. Now is the time for us to come together and lend each other strength, support and determination. We need to be the best Wingmen and Battle Buddies we can and continue to maintain situational awareness in the Kaiserslautern area. Wednesday's attack confirmed that the threat is real. Our best defense comes from our own eyes and ears. Reporting suspicious activity is paramount - your vigilance could literally save someone's life.

I am proud to serve beside every Airman in the KMC and admire your strength  and courage every day. May God Bless our fallen Airmen and their families and grant speedy recovery to the injured. Together we'll stand tall, keep our eyes open and our hearts strong.