Defense Department releases names of 6 airmen killed in plane crash

One of the deceased airmen was from Pensacola.

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The Department of Defense announced Saturday the deaths of six airmen who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Oct. 2 in the crash of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan. The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

Killed were:

  • Capt. Jonathan J. Golden, 33, of Camarillo, California.
  • Capt. Jordan B. Pierson, 28, of Abilene, Texas.
  • Staff Sgt. Ryan D. Hammond, 26, of Moundsville, West Virginia.
  • Senior Airman Quinn L. Johnson-Harris, 21, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

All four were assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. For more information, media may contact the 7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs Office at 325-696-2863.

Also killed were:

  • Senior Airman Nathan C. Sartain, 29, of Pensacola, Florida.
  • Airman 1st Class Kcey E. Ruiz, 21, of McDonough, Georgia.

Both were assigned to the 66th Security Forces Squadron, Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. For more information, media may contact the 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs Office at 781-225-1686. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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