The Puerto Rico National Guard has identified the nine airmen with the 156th Airlift Wing, who were killed on May 2 when their WC-130 crashed in Georgia:
Maj. José R. Román Rosado was a pilot with 18 years of service, who is survived by his wife and two sons.
Maj. Carlos Pérez Serra was a navigator with 23 years of service, who is survived by his wife, two sons and daughter.
1st Lt. David Albandoz was a co-pilot with 16 years of service, who is survived by his wife and daughter.
Senior Master Sgt. Jan Paravisini was a mechanic with 21 years of service, who is survived by two daughters and son.
Master Sgt. Jean Audriffred had 16 years of service and is survived by his wife and two sons.
Master Sgt. Mario Braña was a flight engineer with 17 years of service, who is survived by his mother and daughter.
Master Sgt. Víctor Colón had 22 years of service and is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Master Sgt. Eric Circuns was a loadmaster with 31 years of service, who is survived by his wife, two step-daughters and son.
Senior Airman Roberto Espada had three years of service and is survived by his grandmother.
“Taking care of our fallen airmen's families and loved ones is our top priority,” Brig. Gen. Isabelo Rivera, Puerto Rico’s adjutant general, said in a news release. “We are fully supporting them and providing all the assistance and resources of the Puerto Rico National Guard during this difficult moment.”
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