CAROLINA, Puerto Rico (Press Release)- The 156th Airlift Wing is mourning the loss of our nine Airmen. It is with profound sorrow that we send our condolences as you honor our brothers who died aboard #Rican68, May 2.
Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those who perished, and to the Puerto Rico Air National Guard members who have lost irreplaceable colleagues and friends.
The loss of these courageous and dedicated Airmen was a terrible blow to the entire National Guard family. Their commitment and professionalism will never be forgotten.
We thank the hundreds of condolences that have poured in from around the nation and are struck by the tributes to the many qualities of these Airmen, who were sons, brothers, husbands, fathers and friends of many, that are described as respectful and loyal, caring and kind.
Your sadness is shared by all the Puerto Rico National Guard family, but felt most acutely at the 156th Airlift Wing.
May the exceptional men we lost on May 2 rest in peace. Let us all, families and colleagues, be proud of their service. Even as we mourn their passing, let us pay tribute to their lives and memory, a legacy that will stand for generations to come.
1. Maj. José R. Román Rosado, pilot
Rosado had 18 years of service in the National Guard. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
2. Maj. Carlos Pérez Serra, navigator
Serra had 23 years of service. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
3. 1st Lt. David Albandoz, co-pilot
Albondoz, a Puerto Rican native who had been living in Alabama before the crash, had 16 years of service. He is survived by his wife and daughter.
4. Senior Master Sgt. Jan Paravisini, mechanic
Paravisini had 21 years of service in the National Guard. He is survived by two daughters and son.
5. Master Sgt. Jean Audriffred
Audriffred had 16 years of service prior to the crash and is survived by his wife and two sons.
6. Master Sgt. Mario Braña, flight engineer
Braña had 17 years of service in the National Guard. He is survived by his mother and daughter.
7. Master Sgt. Víctor Colón
Colón had 22 years of service before the crash. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
8. Master Sgt. Eric Circuns, loadmaster
He had 31 years of service to his name and is survived by his wife, two step-daughters and son.
9. Senior Airman Roberto Espada
Espada had three years of service and is survived by his grandmother.