by Jason Lamb
Monday, August 2, 2010
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Monday was a time to reflect and remember, as the Alaska Air National Guard hosted a memorial service for the four airmen who died in the crash of a C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane near an Elmendorf runway last week.
About two dozen family members and hundreds of service members attended the service at Elmendorf's Hangar 20. It was held the day after the close of the Arctic Thunder air show, for which the airmen were practicing when their C-17 crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday.
"And on the 28th day of July¸ Lord, in the year 2010, at 1814 hours, for but a fleeting moment -- time stood still," said chaplain Lt. Col. Keith Muschinske. "And in that moment, even as Sitka 43 strained to slip the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings, something went terribly wrong."