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AFMS mourns loss of Airmen, medics in Osprey mishap

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  • Air Force Surgeon General Public Affairs

On Tuesday, December 5, the Air Force Special Operations Command released the names of the eight Airmen who lost their lives after the CV-22 Osprey mishap that occurred off the shore of Yukushima Island, Japan on November 29, including two medics.

The two medics who died in the incident were Maj. Eric V. Spendlove, who was a medical operations flight commander, and Tech. Sgt. Zachary E. Lavoy, who was a medical operations flight chief. Both medics were assigned to 1st Special Operations Squadron, 353rd Special Operations Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan.

“Our Air Force would be nothing without those who sign up to defend our great nation, the loss of life of our heroes is incredibly hard to hear,” said Lt. Gen. Robert Miller, U.S. Air Force Surgeon General. “We at the Air Force Medical Service extend our thoughts and prayers to our fellow Airmen, including our fellow medics. May Tech. Sgt. Lavoy and Maj. Spendlove’s honorable service and sacrifice to our community and our nation always be remembered.”

Miller, along with Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Chief, Medical Enlisted Force, took a moment to honor the Airmen who lost their lives during the Surgeon General’s annual Senior Leadership Workshop.