SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (KSDK) - Four U.S. service members were killed when their plane crashed in Afghanistan Saturday. One of the pilots was stationed at Scott Air Force Base for the past four years.
Those who knew him say Capt. Brandon Cyr left his mark both on and off the base. On the base, the instructor pilot had a unique role working with both the Air Force and Air National Guard. Off the base, friends say he volunteered his time to help young people and had a passion for leadership and mentoring.
The crash that killed Cyr in southern Afghanistan is still under investigation, but the Department of Defense says initial reports say there was no enemy activity in the area at the time.
"It hurt. It hurt a lot," said Lt. Col. Doug Edwards with the 906th Air Refueling Squadron of when he first heard the news of Cyr's death. "There isn't anybody who doesn't love Brandon -- well liked in the squadron and had a lot of close friends. It's a tremendous loss," said Lt. Col. Edwards.
His superiors say Cyr was flying NATO missions in Afghanistan -- an assignment he was eager to take. It was his fourth deployment in his four years at Scott Air Force Base.
Officially, Capt. Cyr's home town is outside of Washington, D.C. but there are plans for a memorial service at Scott Air Force Base.