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One year later: TORQE 62 remembered

Battlefield crosses were placed in honor of the six Airmen lost when TORQE 62 crashed one year ago during a remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Airmen from across Bagram came to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

Battlefield crosses were placed in honor of the six Airmen lost when TORQE 62 crashed one year ago during a remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Airmen from across Bagram came to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

A reflection of Airmen is displayed on the visor of a pilots helmet, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. A remembrance ceremony was held to honor those lost when TORQE 62 crash on Oct. 2, 2015. The helmets were part of a display to remember and honor the fallen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

A reflection of Airmen is displayed on the visor of a pilots helmet, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. A remembrance ceremony was held to honor those lost when TORQE 62 crash on Oct. 2, 2015. The helmets were part of a display to remember and honor the fallen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

Airmen from across the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing gathered to remember the lives lost during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. On Oct. 2, 2015 TORQE 62 crashed during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan resulting in six Airmen losing their lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

Airmen from across the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing gathered to remember the lives lost during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. On Oct. 2, 2015 TORQE 62 crashed during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan resulting in six Airmen losing their lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

A bugle player with the U.S. Forces Afghanistan Band plays taps during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. The ceremony was held to honor and remember those lost when TORQE 62 crashed on Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

A bugle player with the U.S. Forces Afghanistan Band plays taps during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. The ceremony was held to honor and remember those lost when TORQE 62 crashed on Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

Airmen from across the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing gathered to remember the lives lost during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. On Oct. 2, 2015 TORQE 62 crashed during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan resulting in six Airmen losing their lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

Airmen from across the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing gathered to remember the lives lost during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. On Oct. 2, 2015 TORQE 62 crashed during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan resulting in six Airmen losing their lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Johnathon Maurer, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, first sergeant, reads off the names of those airmen lost during the mishap of TORQE 62, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Airmen from the 455th AEW gathered to remember the six Airmen and five contractors lost when TORQE 62 crashed Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Johnathon Maurer, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, first sergeant, reads off the names of those airmen lost during the mishap of TORQE 62, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Airmen from the 455th AEW gathered to remember the six Airmen and five contractors lost when TORQE 62 crashed Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

The 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Honor Guard presents the colors during a remembrance ceremony for those Airmen lost when TORQE 62 crashed, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. TORQE 62 crashed during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan resulting in the loss of six Airmen and five contractors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

The 455th Air Expeditionary Wing Honor Guard presents the colors during a remembrance ceremony for those Airmen lost when TORQE 62 crashed, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. TORQE 62 crashed during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan resulting in the loss of six Airmen and five contractors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

Battlefield crosses representing the six Airmen lost during a C-130J crash, are placed in front of a mural in memory of TORQE 62, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. A ceremony was held to remember and honor the live lost when TORQE 62 crash during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

Battlefield crosses representing the six Airmen lost during a C-130J crash, are placed in front of a mural in memory of TORQE 62, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. A ceremony was held to remember and honor the live lost when TORQE 62 crash during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

Battlefield crosses representing the six Airmen lost during a C-130J crash, are placed in front of a mural in memory of TORQE 62, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. A ceremony was held to remember and honor the live lost when TORQE 62 crash during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

Battlefield crosses representing the six Airmen lost during a C-130J crash, are placed in front of a mural in memory of TORQE 62, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. A ceremony was held to remember and honor the live lost when TORQE 62 crash during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

U.S. Air Force Brigadier General James Sears, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, commander and  U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Peter Speen, 455th AEW, command chief, pause to honor six Airmen during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Airmen came together to honor those lost when TORQE 62 crashed one year ago, (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)
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U.S. Air Force Brigadier General James Sears, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, commander and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Peter Speen, 455th AEW, command chief, pause to honor six Airmen during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Airmen came together to honor those lost when TORQE 62 crashed one year ago, (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Shawn Chamberlin, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, commander, makes remarks during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Airmen from the 455th AEW gathered to remember the six Airmen and five contractors lost when TORQE 62 crashed Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)
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U.S. Air Force Capt. Shawn Chamberlin, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, commander, makes remarks during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Airmen from the 455th AEW gathered to remember the six Airmen and five contractors lost when TORQE 62 crashed Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron gather in a formation during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Two Fly Away Security Team Airmen were lost when Torque 62 crashed during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan on Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)
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Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron gather in a formation during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Two Fly Away Security Team Airmen were lost when Torque 62 crashed during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan on Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

Airmen from across the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing gathered to remember the lives lost during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. On Oct. 2, 2015 TORQE 62 crashed during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan resulting in six Airmen losing their lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)
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Airmen from across the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing gathered to remember the lives lost during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. On Oct. 2, 2015 TORQE 62 crashed during takeoff at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan resulting in six Airmen losing their lives. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

A mural on the flightline honors those Airmen who lost their lives when TORQE 62 crashed one year ago, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. A ceremony was held to honor and remember Capt. Jordan Pierson, Capt. Jonathan Golden, Staff Sgt. Ryan Hammond, Senior Airman Quinn Johnson-Harris, Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, and Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz who were lost on Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)
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A mural on the flightline honors those Airmen who lost their lives when TORQE 62 crashed one year ago, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. A ceremony was held to honor and remember Capt. Jordan Pierson, Capt. Jonathan Golden, Staff Sgt. Ryan Hammond, Senior Airman Quinn Johnson-Harris, Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, and Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz who were lost on Oct. 2, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

Airmen from the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron and the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron gather in a formation during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Six Airmen were lost on Oct. 2, 2015 when TORQE 62, a C-130J Super Hercules, crashed during takeoff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)
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Airmen from the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron and the 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron gather in a formation during the TORQE 62 remembrance ceremony, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Oct. 2, 2016. Six Airmen were lost on Oct. 2, 2015 when TORQE 62, a C-130J Super Hercules, crashed during takeoff. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Korey Fratini)

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan -- Airmen from across Bagram gathered together to remember those lost when a C-130J Super Hercules, call-sign TORQE 62, crashed on departure from Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan one year ago. Six Airmen and five contractors were lost on Oct. 2, 2015.

Six battlefield crosses stood in front of a formation of Airmen from the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron and the 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. Those crosses represented the six Airmen lost.

The six Airmen who lost their lives when TORQE 62 crashed supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel had their names read aloud in a symbolic roll-call. They were Capt. Jordan Pierson, Capt. Jonathan Golden, Staff Sgt. Ryan Hammond, Senior Airman Quinn Johnson-Harris, Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, and Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz.

Two of the Airmen that day were from the 455th ESFS Fly Away Security Team. Dedicated to protecting aircrew and the aircraft, Capt. Shawn Chamberlin, 455th ESFS commander, reflected on their mission.

“These Airmen put their lives at risk to protect the aircrew and aircraft,” said Chamberlin. “They understand their charge and they accept that possible fate every time they walk out onto this ramp, they understand what needs to happen and what could potentially happen.”

Every day Airmen from the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing execute missions in support of the defense of the United States. One year ago was no different.

Col. Jason Bailey, 455th Expeditionary Operations Group commander reminded everyone in attendance what TORQE 62 represented and still represents today.

“In the past year TORQE 62 has become much more than a loss to the C-130 community, it has become a symbol of something larger,” said Bailey. “The C-130 is a proud community with a strong heritage. It has been the backbone of tactical airlift for decades and remains so today. It is a community full of quiet professionals who bring airlift, a special brand of airpower to the battlefield and say things like anytime, anywhere. “

In honor of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, four encased flags were dedicated to those Airmen and the four squadrons they were a part of. The flags were flown on a C-130J mission to honor the fallen on the one year anniversary of the mishap. While deployed to Bagram those lost represented the 774th EAS, 455th ESFS, 39th Airlift Squadron, and the 66th Security Forces Squadron.

Bailey closed by honoring and acknowledging the sacrifice that each of those Airmen made.

“The members of TORQE 62 remind us of something incredibly important. It takes a truly special person to raise their right hand and volunteer to serve. In the United States military we swear an oath, inherent in that oath is a pledge of something greater. It’s not a rite of passage, it’s not an agreement, and it’s not just an entry requirement. It is the solemn promise that we will give our lives in the defense of this nation,” said Bailey.

“The airmen, all airmen of TORQE 62 serve as an example of what it means to make good on that solemn promise,” said Bailey. “They demonstrated the wiliness to serve their country and to make the ultimate sacrifice when called upon for something greater than themselves. They are heroes, every one.”