Air Force pilot remembered during military appreciation event

LAS VEGAS - The military community is mourning the death of Lt. Col. Eric Shultz. The Air Force pilot died during a training mission on Tuesday.

Shultz was on the mind of many people attending the Nellis/Creech Military and Veterans Appreciation Day event at Craig Ranch Regional Park on Saturday.

Though little information about how the accident happened has been revealed, hundreds of people gathered to show their support for our service members, veterans, and first responders.

"Anytime we lose one of our airmen it hurts the entire Air Force community," said Victor Moss, American Legion Paradise Post 149.

Those in attendance remembered 44-year-old Schultz as a hero. He died following a plane crashed at the Nevada Test and Training Range.

"This is somebody who was protecting our state, our country, who was giving his time to public service and unfortunately this tragic accident happened,” said Rep. Ruben Kihuen, (D) Nevada.

Saturday’s event was about Schultz and the countless others who protect and serve our country.

"This is coming up on the anniversary of 9/11. 16th anniversary. A lot of these veterans become first responders when they come out of the military service, so we owe a debt to them on many, many fronts," said Rep. Dina Titus, (D) Nevada.

Vendors lined the Craig Ranch Regional Park in order to help veterans find jobs and transition from active duty to civilian life.

"I've never seen an outpouring of support of appreciation such as we're looking at right here," said Jed Levine, Vietnam veteran.

They hope to give veterans a better life while honoring those who gave theirs.

There is a crowdfunding site raising money for the family of Schultz which you can visit by clicking here.

The page says he was from Annapolis, Maryland. He leaves behind a wife, five children, and his parents.


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