Staff Sergeant Charles Lane Huskey

Staff Sergeant Charles Lane Huskey

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, May 29, 1986

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Charles Lane Huskey

Staff Sergeant Charles Huskey, Senior Airman Donald Heitkamp, Airman First Class Barry Holmes, and their two pilots were killed when their UH-1 helicopter crashed shortly after 3:00 pm, near Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota.

They were providing security for a missile maintenance movement for a convoy from Ellsworth AFB to Opal when the accident occurred. An additional Security Policeman who was participating in the security of the convoy was the only sole survivor of the crash.

Staff Sergeant Huskey served with the United States Air Force Security Forces for five years and was assigned to the 45th Missle Security Squadron.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location South Dakota

aircraft accident, Convoy

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Huskey, I have very fond memories of our time when we served together at Seymour Johnson, AFB, 4th Security Police Squadron. Back then we were just Airmen on our first enlistments. You were another country boy, one that stands out in the memories of many of our old compatriots. Above all you were a great guy; one of the best I ever had the honor of meeting. You were a security troop who knew his job well and stayed composed, no matter the situation. It was truly my honor to have known and worked with you. Rest In Peace, brother. We all will see you at the final guardmount on the other side!

Bryan Merrill
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June 19, 2021

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