Congressman Smith released the following statement after the airmen of the U.S. Air Force KC-135 that crashed in Kyrgyzstan were identified as being from Fairchild Air Force Base:

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the Airmen who died in this tragic accident in Kyrgyzstan.  Details about the crash are still unclear.  Our servicemen and women risk their lives for our nation while training at home and serving abroad.  The service and sacrifice of those who lost their lives in this accident will not be forgotten.”