The Pentagon has confirmed that TSgt. Scott E. Duffman with the 24th Special Tactics Squadron at Pope AFB, N.C., was killed when a CH-47 helicopter on which he was a passenger crashed in Zabul Province in eastern Afghanistan Feb. 18. Duffman, 32, of Albuquerque, N.M., was one of eight coalition personnel killed in the crash. The 14 remaining personnel on board, including the aircrew, were wounded. According to a US Central Command release, the helicopter experienced a “sudden, unexplained loss of power and control.” Late Monday evening, coalition forces destroyed the wreckage after completing crash site inspections and recovery. An investigation into the cause is proceeding, using photographs and findings collected during recovery actions.
While some of the Air Force's newly announced changes will happen quickly, it may take most of Chief of Staff Gen. David W. Allvin's tenure in the job to accomplish the rest, he said in a Brookings Institution event Feb. 28.