Kalamazoo Airman Killed in Helicopter Crash

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WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Defense Department has identified an airman from Kalamazoo as one of those who died in a helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan.Master Sgt. Gregory T. Kuhse

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died October 11th, 2015 in the crash of a British Puma Mk2 helicopter in Kabul, Afghanistan. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

Killed were:

Maj. Phyllis J. Pelky, 45-year-old, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information, media may contact the U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs Office at 719-333-7731.

Master Sgt. Gregory T. Kuhse, 38-years-old, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was assigned to the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

The cause of Sunday’s helicopter crash has not been officially determined, but an Afghan security guard who reportedly witnessed the incident told The Associated Press that, as the helicopter was landing, it collided with a monitoring balloon.

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