Captain Nathan J. Nylander, USAF

When he was the Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, the press release makes you smile:

Capt. Nathan J. Nylander – Flight Commander
· The best part of his deployment is the ability we all have to affect change within U.S. military units but also within the AAF
· His greatest accomplishment since joining the military is working up through the ranks of Airman Basic to Technical Sergeant, earning my Bachelor’s degree, and getting his commission with the support of his family
· His deployment goals are to work hard, making a difference, affecting change and build strong relations with the Afghan Air Force weather personnel.

How I wish he could’ve had that chance…

KABUL, Afghanistan — Eight American troops and a U.S. contractor died Wednesday after an Afghan military pilot opened fire during a meeting at Kabul airport — the deadliest episode to date of an Afghan turning against his coalition partners, officials said.

The Afghan officer, who was a veteran military pilot, fired on the Americans after an argument, the Afghan Defense Ministry said.

…The shooting occurred in an operations room of the Afghan Air Corps at Kabul airport.

…to make see if he could make that difference. To come home, grow old…watch his three kids grow up. Anything, but what happened. God bless her, how does she explain something so traitorous, so hateful, so evil…so horribly final?

Apr 29, 2011 TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – The United States Air Force has confirmed that an officer based at Davis Monthan Air Force Base was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday.

A Davis-Monthan Air Force Base spokesperson says 35 year-old Captain Nathan Nylander was killed after a shooting at Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan. His body arrived at Dover Air Force Base Friday. The Kentucky native was based in Tucson.

We thank you, Captain, for your service and sacrifice. God bless you, son.
Our most earnest thanks and heartfelt condolences to your brave family.

7 Responses to “Captain Nathan J. Nylander, USAF”

  1. JeffS says:

    Vale, Captain Nylander. God speed.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    God Speed, Sir. And thank you and your family for your service.

  3. Ave says:

    God bless Captain Nylander and bless and protect his family.

  4. Kathy Kinsley says:

    God speed sir. Requiescat in pace.

    And may that “Afghan officer” burn in hell.

  5. trish spies says:

    My heart broke as I listened to a recent interview with Capt. Nynland’s widow. Words can’t expess my feelings of gratitude and sadness. God bless her family and give them the strength to get through each day.

  6. tree hugging sister says:

    Amen, Trish.

  7. To Capt. Nylander, his wife, children, mother, siblings, my heart can not explain the loss of Nathan. He was like a 3rd son in our home. I will always remember Nathan, he was a special, boy, man, and I sure husband and father. You will be in my prayers, he was the best at everything he did. Jeannine

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