Staff Sgt. Jake Turnage, Maj. Jeffrey T. Hoernemann, Maj. Eric V. Spendlove, Maj. Luke A. Unrath, Capt. Terrell K. Brayman, Tech. Sgt. Zachary E. Lavoy, Senior Airman Brian K. Johnson, Staff Sgt. Jacob “Jake” M. Galliher. : “U.S. Air Force Identifies Eight Service Members Killed in Japan Plane Crash”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : WASHINGTON — Almost one week after a military aircraft crashed off the coast of Japan, the U.S. Air Force has officially identified the eight service members who tragically lost their lives in the training mission. The crash occurred on November 29, when a U.S. Air Force CV-22B Osprey went down near Yakushima Island, Japan. Initially a rescue operation, it has now transitioned into a recovery mission.

According to officials, the remains of three Airmen have been recovered, while the remains of three others have been located and are in the process of being recovered. The remains of two Airmen are still being located. Among the victims is 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Jake Turnage from Kennesaw, Georgia. Turnage, a flight engineer assigned to the 21st Special Operations Squadron, 353rd Special Operations Wing at Yokota Air Base, leaves behind a grieving family, who expressed their faith and gratitude for the support they have received in an emotional statement on Facebook.

In addition to Turnage, the Air Force has confirmed the identities of the other victims. They include U.S. Air Force Maj. Jeffrey T. Hoernemann, 32, U.S. Air Force Maj. Eric V. Spendlove, 36, U.S. Air Force Maj. Luke A. Unrath, 34, U.S. Air Force Capt. Terrell K. Brayman, 32, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Zachary E. Lavoy, 33, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brian K. Johnson, 32, and U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacob M. Galliher, 24.

The Air Force has confirmed that six of the eight crew members’ remains have been located, but it remains unclear if Turnage’s remains have been found. Lt. Gen. Tony Bauernfeind, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, expressed his condolences and acknowledged the immense loss felt by the families, friends, and peers of those involved in the crash. He emphasized that the honorable service of these Airmen will never be forgotten.

As investigations into the cause of the crash continue, the Air Force and the entire nation mourn the loss of these brave individuals. The impact of their sacrifice is felt deeply, and their legacy will forever be a part of America’s history.

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