Died March 02, 2011 serving during Operation Enduring Freedom
25, of Williamston, S.C.; assigned to 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom; died March 2 as a result of a shooting at Frankfurt Airport, Germany, while en route to Afghanistan.
Air Force named airmen killed by Frankfurt gunman
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON ‚?? The Air Force says that the two airmen killed March 2 at a German airport were from South Carolina and Virginia.
The Air Force identified the victims as 25-year-old Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden of Williamston, S.C., and Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback of Stanardsville, Va.
Alden was assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron at RAF Lakenheath in England. Cuddeback was assigned to the 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
German officials say a 21-year-old temporary letter sorter has admitted targeting Americans when he opened fire with a handgun on a busload of U.S. airmen at Frankfurt‚??s airport, killing two and wounding two others. The airmen were on their way to deployment in Afghanistan.
DOD Identifies Air Force Casualty
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Senior Airman Nicholas J. Alden, 25, of Williamston, S.C., died as a result of the March 2 shooting at Frankfurt Airport, Germany. ¬†He was assigned to the 48th Security Forces Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† For more information, media may contact the Royal Air Force Lakenheath (48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs) at +44 1638-522151, or U.S. Air Forces Europe Public Affairs at +49 637-1476558 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Comments: From Air Force Magazine:
UPDATED: Airmen Killed in Shooting Attack in Germany:A gunman killed two airmen and wounded two additional airmen in a shooting Wednesday at Frankfurt International Airport in Frankfurt, Germany. One of the airmen killed was a vehicle operator stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, while the other airman who died was a member of a security forces team at RAF Lakenheath, England, US Air Forces in Europe officials announced Thursday. One of the wounded airmen is in critical condition in a German hospital in Frankfurt, while the other is in serious condition, they said. The shooting occurred on an Air Force bus that was outside an airport terminal to transport a 15-member security forces team from the airport to Ramstein. The team was on its way to Afghanistan for a deployment. German authorities have the shooter in custody. The Air Force was withholding the release of the airmen's names pending notification of kin. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those impacted by this senseless act of violence," said Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. (See also Ramstein's Wednesday release, Donley-Schwartz statement, President Obama's remarks, AFPS release, 48th FW commander video statement, Wall Street Journalreport, and Voice of America report) (See also Wednesday's initial coverage)