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2 Airmen killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan identified

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. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

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. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

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

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

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- 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 Master Sgt. Gregory T. Kuhse.

Pelky, 45, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, 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, Michigan, was assigned to the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

"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.

(Editor’s note: Information courtesy of the Defense Department, 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs and U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs)

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