Pararescuemen jump to honor those killed at Bagram

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  • By 442d Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The day after Christmas, deployed pararescuemen from the 304th Rescue Squadron freefall jumped with an American a flag for each of the six Airmen who were tragically killed in a suicide bomb attack near Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Dec. 21. Killed were: Maj. Adrianna Vorderbruggen, 36, of Plymouth, Minn.; Tech. Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, of Bronx, N.Y.; Staff Sgt. Michael A. Cinco, 28, of Mercedes, Texas; Staff Sgt. Peter W. Taub, 30, of Philadelphia; Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride, 30, of Statesboro, Ga.; and Staff Sgt. Louis M. Bonacasa, 31, of Coram, N.Y. They were all part of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, a military law enforcement agency. The Airmen were on a security patrol when a suicide bomber plowed his motorcycle into their foot patrol and detonated his explosives. In addition to the dead, two U.S. Airmen and an American interpreter were injured, according to Stars and Stripes. The 304th RQS pararescuemen who jumped in their honor are based out of Portland, Ore., and are a geographically-separated unit which is part of the 943rd Rescue Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. The jump team was fortunate enough to meet Vorderbruggen and her team members a couple of weeks prior to the incident. (Courtesy photo)