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Full Text of SR1782  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, On May 2, 2018, a WC-130 Hercules cargo plane
3traveling from Savannah, Georgia to Tucson, Arizona crashed
4shortly after takeoff killing all nine service members on
5board; and
6    WHEREAS, The nine service members were part of the 156th
7Airlift Wing, which is home to the "Bucaneros" and had nearly
8170 years of combined service experience; and
9    WHEREAS, The plane, attached to the Puerto Rico Air
10National Guard 156th Airlift Wing, was being decommissioned
11after more than 40 years of use; and
12    WHEREAS, As part of Puerto Rico's Air National Guard fleet,
13the plane could be outfitted for transport, reconnaissance,
14search and rescue, research, refueling, patrol, or as a
15gunship; and
16    WHEREAS, During the 2017 hurricane season, the Puerto Rico
17Air National Guard used the aircraft to rescue Americans from
18the British Virgin Islands after Hurricane Irma; later, it
19supplied much needed food and water to Puerto Ricans after
20Hurricane Maria; and



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1    WHEREAS, The roles of the nine airmen who perished were
2essential during each mission in which they participated,
3including the 2017 hurricane recovery rescue and resupply
4efforts; and
5    WHEREAS, Major Jose R. Roman Rosado, the pilot, had 18
6years of service; he is survived by his wife and two sons; and
7    WHEREAS, Major Carlos Perez Serra, the aircraft navigator,
8had 23 years of service; he is survived by his wife, two sons,
9and a daughter; and
10    WHEREAS, First Lieutenant David Albandoz, the co-pilot,
11had 16 years of service; he is survived by his wife and
12daughter; and
13    WHEREAS, Senior Master Sergeant Jan Paravisini, an
14aircraft mechanic with 21 years of service, is survived by two
15daughters and a son; and
16    WHEREAS, Master Sergeant Jean Audriffred, an airman with 16
17years of service, is survived by his wife and two sons; and
18    WHEREAS, Master Sergeant Mario Brana, the flight engineer,
19had 17 years of service; he is survived by his mother and
20daughter; and



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1    WHEREAS, Master Sergeant Victor Colon, an airman with 22
2years of service, is survived by his wife and two daughters;
4    WHEREAS, Master Sergeant Eric Circuns, a loadmaster with 31
5years of services, is survived by his wife, two stepdaughters,
6and a son; and
7    WHEREAS, Senior Airman Roberto Espada had three years of
8service; he is survived by his grandmother; and
9    WHEREAS, The crash with nine fatalities brings the total
10number of noncombat-related wrecks of military aircraft to
11seven so far this year, resulting in 27 United States service
12member deaths; and
13    WHEREAS, Honoring the courageous men and women who serve in
14uniform is of the highest priority for the Illinois Senate;
15therefore, be it
17ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we honor the lives and
18the memory of the nine Puerto Rican service members killed in
19the noncombat-related military plane crash in Savannah,
20Georgia; and be it further



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1    RESOLVED, That we extend our deepest condolences to the
2families and loved ones of the fallen airmen; and be it further
3    RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
4presented to the families of the nine Puerto Rican service