Two airmen killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan identified

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Master Sgt. Gregory T. Kuhse, 38, of Kalamazoo, Mich., died Oct. 11, 2015, in a British Puma Mk2 helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Two Airmen died Oct. 11 when a British Puma Mk2 helicopter crashed in Kabul, Afghanistan, while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
The Airmen were Maj. Phyllis Pelky and MSgt. Gregory T. Kuhse.
Pelky, 45, of Rio Rancho, N.M., served most recently as the aide-de-damp to the U.S. Air Force Academy superintendent, Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson.
Kuhse, 38, of Kalamazoo, Mich. was assigned to the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
“We are grieving a deeply felt loss today,” Johnson said. “Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family and loved ones of Major Pelky and all those affected by this tragedy.”
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

Maj. Phyllis Pelky (right), 45, a former aide-de-damp to Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson (left), the superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, was killed in a non-hostile helicopter crash near Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 11, 2015.