Two memorials dedicated to Senior Airmen Kcey Ruiz and Nathan Sartain were returned to the 66th Security Forces Squadron here March 10 from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
Ruiz and Sartain, former 66 SFS defenders, were killed in October 2015 while serving in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, when the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft they were on crashed shortly after takeoff.
Efforts to return the items started with similar efforts to retrieve memorials of fallen Airmen from the 105th Airlift Wing, Stewart Air National Guard Base, New York.
“As the mission retrogrades out of Bagram, the security forces manager there reached out to me to see if we could get our memorials back,” said Senior Master Sgt. Todd Lobraico, Sr., 105th Base Defense Squadron Deployment and Mobility superintendent.
Lobracio said his unit had lost three Airmen serving in Afghanistan in 2015: Tech Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, Staff Sgt. Louis M. Bonacasa, and his son, Staff Sgt. Todd Lobraico, Jr.