FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Air Force Maj. Elena O’Bryan
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/29/11) – Two Colorado Air National Guardsmen of the 140th Wing were injured today at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., during a storm.
A witness reported that Staff Sgt. Brian Nelson and Airman 1st Class Chad Thrane of the 140th Maintenance Squadron were struck by lightning at about 3:30 p.m. on the flight line. They were on duty at the time of the incident.
The Airmen were transported by ambulance to the Medical Center of Aurora.
Their next of kin have been notified and they are receiving medical treatment and will remain overnight at the hospital.
The 140th Wing’s day-to-day mission is to protect our skies by responding rapidly and appropriately to potential air threats in support of Operation Noble Eagle, the military response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Aircraft from the 140th Wing are on alert 24/7/365.
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