U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacob “Jake” M. Galliher : “Remains of U.S. airman identified after Osprey military aircraft crash in Japan”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Remains of Airman Identified in Osprey Crash in Japan, Search Continues for Missing Crew

The remains of an airman who tragically died in a U.S. Osprey military aircraft crash in Japan have been identified, while the search continues for the seven other crew members who are still missing.

The airman has been identified as U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacob “Jake” M. Galliher, a 24-year-old direct support operator assigned to the Kadena Air Base in Japan, according to a statement released by the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) on Saturday.

Staff Sgt. Galliher, originally from Pittsfield, Mass., enlisted in the Air Force in 2017 and was highly regarded by his peers. His tragic loss is deeply felt by the entire military community.

AFSOC stated that the U.S. military is working closely with Japanese allies to continue the search and rescue operation for the missing crew members of the CV-22 aircraft.

The Osprey crashed near the island of Yakushima on Wednesday during a routine training mission, according to Japanese coast guard officials. AFSOC has confirmed that the cause of the crash is still unknown.

A Japanese news service reported that the aircraft rolled over mid-flight, with witnesses describing a fire in one of the engines and an explosion before the aircraft descended into the water. However, official investigations are ongoing to determine the exact cause of the accident.

The search and rescue operation for the missing crew members involves comprehensive air, surface, and subsurface area searches of the water and coastline, as stated by AFSOC. The joint efforts of the U.S. and Japanese forces, along with the assistance of local volunteers, have been instrumental in the ongoing operation.

AFSOC Commander Lt. Gen. Tony Bauernfeind emphasized that the focus remains on supporting the search and rescue efforts while providing care and support to the affected families. The determination to bring the missing Air Commandos home is unwavering, and the joint force and Japanese allies stand united in this mission.

Rear Adm. Jeromy Williams, Pacific commander for AFSOC, assured the families of the missing crew members that every possible capability is being utilized for the search and rescue operations. The assistance provided by the Government of Japan’s Self Defense Force, Coast Guard, law enforcement, and civilian volunteers has been deeply appreciated.

Ospreys, which are hybrid aircraft combining helicopter and airplane capabilities, are used to transport special operations troops. However, they have faced criticism due to several crashes in recent years.

As the search for the missing crew members continues, the military community remains hopeful for a successful outcome and extends its thoughts and prayers to the families affected by this tragic incident.

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