Lt. Col. Paul "Tabs" Voss
US Airforce Project Liberty/Freedom's Sentinel
In the Aviation Community, it is understood that of all the pilots and crewmembers that you serve with, that while aircraft mishaps are uncommon, when it is a fundamental part of your life and work, you will eventually lose some people.
This year, my comrade from the war, Paul Voss, was killed in an unexpected crash while performing aerial reconnaissance in Afghanistan, on his 7th deployment. He was a Mustang, an enlisted man that went Officer, meaning that he had a keen understanding of what enlisted life was like, and its challenges, which made him a great advocate for us Junior Enlisted Aviators as we navigated the world of aviation, intel, and officer politics and protocol.
Paul is not the first comrade I've lost in the aviation community, but this one hits hard for a number of reasons. He was a great Airman and patriot. The sky is lonelier without him.
-Crewmate, Brent Webb