(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement on the death of Captain Ryan S. Phaneuf, 30, of Hudson, New Hampshire, who was killed in the line of duty while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel:
“My heart is heavy to learn of the tragic loss of Captain Ryan Phaneuf in the line of duty,” said Shaheen. “My thoughts and deepest condolences are with Ryan’s family, friends and fellow Airmen during this tremendously painful time. Ryan made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country, and I join a grateful nation and all Granite Staters in honoring the life and service of this brave, young American. We owe Ryan and his family a tremendous debt.”
The Department of Defense announced today that Capt. Phaneuf and Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, 46, of Yigo, Guam died on January 27 in the crash of a Bombardier E-11A aircraft in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 37th Bomb Squadron at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota.