A staff sergeant assigned to Tinker Air Force Base was one of four Air Force members killed Saturday when their plane crashed in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30, was assigned to the 552nd Operations Support Squadron at Tinker Air Force Base. He joined the Air Force in August 2001 after graduating high school in Moreland, Ky., Tinker spokesman Darren Heusel said.
Fannin and the three others were killed when an MC-12 crashed Saturday near Kandahar Airfield. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but there were no reports of enemy activity in the area at the time.
Fannin is survived by his wife, an Oklahoma City resident, Heusel said.
He was assigned to the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron at Kandahar Air Base while in Afghanistan, and had three previous deployed tours as an E-3 AWACS Air Surveillance Technician and MC-12 Sensor Operator. He was qualified as an instructor air surveillance technician, and also served with distinction in the 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker, Heusel said.
“We never like to lose a brother or sister, and that's what Sergeant Fannin was to the men and women of the 552nd Operations Group,” Lt. Col. Joshua Conine said.
“However, we have faith knowing he was the best at what he did. He will be sorely missed as a friend and squadron mate,” he said.
Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, 28 of Woodbridge, Va.; Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii; and Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, Calif., also were killed in the crash.
The MC-12 is a medium- to low-altitude, twin-engine turboprop aircraft. Its primary mission is providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to support ground forces, according the Air Force's website.