Capt. Jonathan J. Golden (’10, WW) and Staff Sgt. Ryan Hammond, a Worldwide Campus student, were among six Air Force personnel who died on Oct. 2, 2015, when a C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft crashed upon takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan.
Golden, 33, and Hammond, 26, were serving in Afghanistan as members of the 39th Airlift Squadron at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
“Our thoughts are with the families of Capt. Golden and Staff Sgt. Hammond,” says Worldwide Chancellor Brad L. Sims. “We are grateful for the sacrifices these airmen made for our country, and it was a privilege to support them in their education. These young men and their loved ones will always be part of our Embry-Riddle family.”
Hammond was pursuing a degree B.S. in Technical Management through the Dyess Campus. Golden earned a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics in 2010 through the Robins Campus in Warner Robins, Ga.
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