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Members of the 145th Airlift Wing Small Air Terminal stand at attention for the family of U.S. Air Force Maj. Ryan S. David as they enter the building for the first time following it’s dedication ceremony, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The 145th Airlift Wing dedicated four buildings across the base to the fallen members of the MAFFS aircrew, including Maj. David, who passed away in 2012 following an accident while fighting a wild fire in South Dakota.

Members of the 145th Airlift Wing Small Air Terminal stand at attention for the family of U.S. Air Force Maj. Ryan S. David as they enter the building for the first time following it’s dedication ceremony, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The 145th Airlift Wing dedicated four buildings across the base to the fallen members of the MAFFS aircrew, including Maj. David, who passed away in 2012 following an accident while fighting a wild fire in South Dakota.

The wife and son of U.S. Air Force Maj. Ryan David show off a display made to explain the function of a Small Air Terminal, following a building dedication ceremony at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The 145th Airlift Wing dedicated four buildings across the base to the fallen members of the MAFFS aircrew, including Maj. David, who passed away in 2012 following an accident while fighting a wild fire in South Dakota.

The wife and son of U.S. Air Force Maj. Ryan David show off a display made to explain the function of a Small Air Terminal, following a building dedication ceremony at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The 145th Airlift Wing dedicated four buildings across the base to the fallen members of the MAFFS aircrew, including Maj. David, who passed away in 2012 following an accident while fighting a wild fire in South Dakota.

A member of the 145th Airlift Wing Honor Guard renders salute to a commemorative photo designed and printed in honor of U.S. Air Force Maj. Ryan S. David during the 145th Airlift Wing Building Dedication ceremony, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The 145th Airlift Wing dedicated four buildings across the base to the fallen members of the MAFFS aircrew, including Maj. David, who passed away in 2012 following an accident while fighting a wild fire in South Dakota.

A member of the 145th Airlift Wing Honor Guard renders salute to a commemorative photo designed and printed in honor of U.S. Air Force Maj. Ryan S. David during the 145th Airlift Wing Building Dedication ceremony, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The 145th Airlift Wing dedicated four buildings across the base to the fallen members of the MAFFS aircrew, including Maj. David, who passed away in 2012 following an accident while fighting a wild fire in South Dakota.

A member of the 145th Airlift Wing Honor Guard renders salute to the American Flag at the opening of the 145th Airlift Wing Building Dedication ceremony, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The 145th Airlift Wing dedicated four buildings across the base to the fallen members of the MAFFS aircrew who passed away in 2012 following an accident while fighting a wild fire in South Dakota.

A member of the 145th Airlift Wing Honor Guard renders salute to the American Flag at the opening of the 145th Airlift Wing Building Dedication ceremony, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The 145th Airlift Wing dedicated four buildings across the base to the fallen members of the MAFFS aircrew who passed away in 2012 following an accident while fighting a wild fire in South Dakota.

Family and friends of fallen U.S. Air Force Maj, Joseph M. McCormick view building plans and a dedication plaque at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019 following the Building Dedication Ceremony to honor Maj. McCormick and three other fallen Airmen, Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.

Family and friends of fallen U.S. Air Force Maj, Joseph M. McCormick view building plans and a dedication plaque at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019 following the Building Dedication Ceremony to honor Maj. McCormick and three other fallen Airmen, Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.

Members stand at attention as the 440th Army Band play the National Anthem in a hangar at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019 prior to the Building Dedication Ceremony to honor four fallen Airmen, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.

Members stand at attention as the 440th Army Band play the National Anthem in a hangar at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019 prior to the Building Dedication Ceremony to honor four fallen Airmen, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.

Members of the 440th Army Band practice in a hangar at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019 prior to the Building Dedication Ceremony to honor four fallen Airmen, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.

Members of the 440th Army Band practice in a hangar at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019 prior to the Building Dedication Ceremony to honor four fallen Airmen, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. James Pearson reads an emotional note to the family of Lt. Col. Joseph Mikeal, as they tour the 145th Airlift Wing’s new state of the art operations building that now shares his name, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. Lt. Col. Mikeal tragically lost his life alongside 3 other C-130 crew members in the MAFFS 7 aircraft accident in 2012, the 145th Airlift Wing honored his and the other crew members sacrifice by naming four buildings across the wing after each one.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. James Pearson reads an emotional note to the family of Lt. Col. Joseph Mikeal, as they tour the 145th Airlift Wing’s new state of the art operations building that now shares his name, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. Lt. Col. Mikeal tragically lost his life alongside 3 other C-130 crew members in the MAFFS 7 aircraft accident in 2012, the 145th Airlift Wing honored his and the other crew members sacrifice by naming four buildings across the wing after each one.

A commemorative picture is displayed during the dedication of the 145th Airlift Wing C-17 operations building to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joseph Mikeal, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. Lt. Col. Mikeal tragically lost his life alongside 3 other C-130 crew members in the MAFFS 7 aircraft accident in 2012, the 145th Airlift Wing honored his and the other crew members sacrifice by naming four buildings across the wing after each one.

A commemorative picture is displayed during the dedication of the 145th Airlift Wing C-17 operations building to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joseph Mikeal, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. Lt. Col. Mikeal tragically lost his life alongside 3 other C-130 crew members in the MAFFS 7 aircraft accident in 2012, the 145th Airlift Wing honored his and the other crew members sacrifice by naming four buildings across the wing after each one.

A plaque is displayed dedicating the 145th Airlift Wing C-17 operations building to U.S. Air Force Lt Col. Joseph Mikeal, a MAFFS 7 crew member, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. Lt. Col. Mikeal tragically lost his life alongside 3 other C-130 crew members in an aircraft accident in 2012, the 145th Airlift Wing honored his and the other crew members sacrifice by naming four buildings across the wing after each one.
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A plaque is displayed dedicating the 145th Airlift Wing C-17 operations building to U.S. Air Force Lt Col. Joseph Mikeal, a MAFFS 7 crew member, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. Lt. Col. Mikeal tragically lost his life alongside 3 other C-130 crew members in an aircraft accident in 2012, the 145th Airlift Wing honored his and the other crew members sacrifice by naming four buildings across the wing after each one.

The family of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joseph Mikeal pose next to a commemorative photo created for the 145th Airlift Wing building dedication ceremony at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. Lt. Col. Mikeal was a member of the MAFFS 7 crew who passed away in an aircraft accident in 2012, the 145th Airlift Wing honored his and the other crew members sacrifice by naming four buildings across the wing after each one.
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The family of U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joseph Mikeal pose next to a commemorative photo created for the 145th Airlift Wing building dedication ceremony at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. Lt. Col. Mikeal was a member of the MAFFS 7 crew who passed away in an aircraft accident in 2012, the 145th Airlift Wing honored his and the other crew members sacrifice by naming four buildings across the wing after each one.

Alex Cannon, son of fallen U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Robert Cannon delivers a speech during the building dedication ceremony in honor of his father and three other members of the MAFFS 7 crew, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. Senior Master Sgt. Cannon tragically lost his life alongside 3 other C-130 crew members in an aircraft accident in 2012, the 145th Airlift Wing honored his and the other crew members sacrifice by naming four buildings across the wing after each one.
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Alex Cannon, son of fallen U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Robert Cannon delivers a speech during the building dedication ceremony in honor of his father and three other members of the MAFFS 7 crew, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. Senior Master Sgt. Cannon tragically lost his life alongside 3 other C-130 crew members in an aircraft accident in 2012, the 145th Airlift Wing honored his and the other crew members sacrifice by naming four buildings across the wing after each one.

Family members tour a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft after the Building Dedication Ceremony to honor four fallen Airmen, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.
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Family members tour a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft after the Building Dedication Ceremony to honor four fallen Airmen, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.

A plaque is displayed dedicating the 145th Maintenance Group hangar to U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven crew member, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the MAFFS seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.
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A plaque is displayed dedicating the 145th Maintenance Group hangar to U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven crew member, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the MAFFS seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.

Rob David, son of fallen U.S. Air Force Maj. Ryan S. David, delivers a speech during the Building Dedication Ceremony in honor of his father and three other members of the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven crew at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the MAFFS seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen are remembered with a building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.
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Rob David, son of fallen U.S. Air Force Maj. Ryan S. David, delivers a speech during the Building Dedication Ceremony in honor of his father and three other members of the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven crew at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the MAFFS seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen are remembered with a building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.

Torrential rain pours down as family members arrive for the Building Dedication Ceremony to honor four fallen Airmen, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.
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Torrential rain pours down as family members arrive for the Building Dedication Ceremony to honor four fallen Airmen, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.

Torrential rain pours down as family members arrive for the Building Dedication Ceremony to honor four fallen Airmen, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.
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Torrential rain pours down as family members arrive for the Building Dedication Ceremony to honor four fallen Airmen, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, June 9, 2019. The four Airmen tragically lost their lives seven years ago in the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) seven accident while fighting fires in South Dakota. These Airmen were part of the MAFFS seven crew and are remembered with building dedication ceremonies to honor their legacy for years to come.

06/09/2019 – CHARLOTTE, N.C. – --

As the rain descends, reverent family and friends of the North Carolina Air National Guard gather in a hangar at the base June 9, 2019 to commemorate the devastating loss of four crew members of the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System seven mission over South Dakota that occurred July 1, 2012. The four fallen members, Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal, Maj. Joseph McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David, and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, have buildings dedicated in their honor, including the new base operations, small air terminal, an aircraft maintenance hangar, and soon-to-be built flight simulator.

“These Airmen selflessly gave their lives executing our C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System mission while fighting the White Draw Fire in South Dakota, “ said Maj. Joel Kingdon, 156th Airlift Squadron, “Today we say thank you to the families for their sacrifice, and we forever memorialize our fallen heroes by dedicating these buildings to serve as a lasting tribute of their service to our country.”

Members of the fallen Airmen took turns speaking about their loved ones and reflecting on joy they brought to their lives and their thankfulness for the men and women of the North Carolina Air National Guard.

“We’re unbelievably grateful for this building, we never really imagined anything like this happening,” stated Alex Cannon, son of the late Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, “We feel only closer with the people here today, we look forward to seeing everyone and we hope to maintain these relationships.”

As these buildings are erected and modified to suit the new mission of the North Carolina Air National Guard, we reflect on the dedicated service of our fallen Airmen and their willingness to answer a call for something bigger than themselves.

“We take this moment, this chance to memorialize and remember these gentlemen, not because of the fact that they perished on that fateful day but because they actually served faithfully,” said Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Lusk, Adjutant General of the North Carolina National Guard, “The fact that they rose above and answered the call to respond to and secure the blessing of liberty.”