Maj. Patrick Ryder gives his friend, Maj. Troy Gilbert, a final salute while Ginger Gilbert, looks on Dec. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. Major Gilbert was laid to rest here during a full honors funeral. A pilot of an Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon, he engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations that crashed approximately 20 miles northwest of Baghdad Nov. 27. Major Gilbert was assigned to the 309th Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., and was deployed to the 332nd Expeditionary Wing, Balad Air Base, Iraq. Major Ryder is from the Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.
U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Francisco G. Hamm
November 4, 2012
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