Ransom, Charles A., Capt

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2008-2011, 67th Network Warfare Wing
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2001 - 2011

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Kabul, Afghanistan
Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA

Casualty Date
Apr 27, 2011
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Intentional Homicide
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First Baptist Church Cemetery - Midlothian, Virginia
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US Air Force67th Network Warfare Wing
  2008-2011, 11XXY, 83rd Network Operations Squadron
  2008-2011, 67th Network Warfare Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2001-2011 Global War on Terror
 Colleges Attended 
Virginia Military Institute
  1997-2001, Virginia Military Institute
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Capt. Charles Ransom, KIA Afghanistan

VMI says one of its graduates was one of the eight American servicemembers killed by an Afghan pilot this past Wednesday.

In a news release, VMI says Air Force Capt. Charles A. Ransom died Wednesday, after being shot by Afghan pilot at base in Kabul.

The 31-year-old was from Midlothian, a suburb of Richmond.


Full news release from VMI

VMI alumnus Air Force Capt. Charles A. Ransom, 31, died April 27, 2011, while on duty in Afghanistan.  A trainer assisting the Afghan National Security Forces, he was one of eight American NATO International Security Assistance Force service members who died following a shooting incident at the Afghan Air Force compound in Kabul.  
During his four years at VMI, Ransom, a computer science major, served on the General Committee as vice president of the Class of 2001.  He was also a cadet corporal, platoon sergeant, and Rat Challenge corporal.  In addition, he worked as a library assistant during his 3rd, 2nd, and 1st Class years. On graduation, he commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.  He was selected for promotion to the rank of major at the time of his death.
The Class of 2001 issued the following statement regarding Ransom’s death:
“The class of 2001 mourns the loss of our Brother Rat and Vice President, Charles Ransom.  Charles will be remembered for his loyal support to his Brother Rats as well as his reliable friendship.  During a speech to the class after Breakout in 1998, Charles promised he would be a fighter for all of us. That he was. Charles continued that fight for his country as an officer in the US Air Force and died serving in harm’s way on our behalf.  The great love of our class swells for Charles and his family. You will be so greatly missed, Brother Rat.”
Twelve other VMI alumni and one former faculty member have died by hostile actions since Sept. 11, 2001.
Funeral arrangements for Ransom, who came to VMI from Midlothian, Va., are pending.

Command mourns loss of cyberspace Airman killed in Afghanistan

Posted 4/29/2011   Updated 4/29/2011

by Christine D. Millette
24th Air Force Public Affairs

4/29/2011 - LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Department of Defense announced today the death of Capt. Charles A. Ransom, a cyberspace Airman assigned to the 83rd Network Operations Squadron, located at Langley Air Force Base, Va.

He died April 27 at the Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan of wounds suffered from gunfire while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The captain was deployed to Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 83rd NOS, a part of the 67th Network Warfare Wing, one of the three operational wings of the 24th Air Force.

"Capt Ransom had been a critical part of this wing's operations for several years and was a leader within the 83rd Network Operations Squadron," said Col. Kevin Wooton, 67th NWW commander. "He was an outstanding officer and exemplified the core values of our service."

The captain had been selected for promotion to major in 2010 and was due to pin on in 2011.

"He was truly an American Airman," said Lt. Col. Eric Delange, 83rd NOS commander. "To borrow some of the words from our [Airman's] Creed, Captain Ransom 'answered our Nation's call' and literally 'defended his country with his life.' He was a wingman, leader and he died a warrior - now it is up to us to 'never leave him behind.' His spirit lives on in the legacy he has left our squadron.

"This [loss] drives home the point that life can indeed be fleeting, especially in the profession of arms," said Colonel Delange. "I would encourage everyone, as soon as they get the chance, to call their spouse, children, mom, dad, friend, or any other special person or loved one and tell them how much you love and appreciate them. Then tell them about Captain Ransom. Let them know that we all lost a friend and patriot who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our country and freedoms."
DOD Identifies Air Force Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of eight airmen who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.


They died April 27, at the Kabul International Airport, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from gunfire. The incident is under investigation.


Killed were:


Maj. Philip D. Ambard, 44, of Edmonds, Wash. He was assigned to the 460th Space Communications Squadron, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. For more information media may contact the Air Force Academy public affairs office at 719-333-7731.


Maj. Jeffrey O. Ausborn, 41, of Gadsden, Ala. He was assigned to the 99th Flying Training Squadron, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. For more information media may contact the 502nd Air Base Wing public affairs office at 210-652-4410.


Maj. David L. Brodeur, 34, of Auburn, Mass. He was assigned to the 11th Air Force, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. For more information media may contact the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson public affairs office at 907-552-2341.


Master Sgt. Tara R. Brown, 33, of Deltona, Fla. She was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Joint Base Andrews, Md. For more information media may contact the Air Force Office of Special Investigations public affairs office at 571-305-8010.


Lt. Col. Frank D. Bryant Jr., 37, of Knoxville, Tenn. He was assigned to the 56th Operations Group, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. For more information media may contact the Luke Air Force Base public affairs office at 623-856-6011.


Maj. Raymond G. Estelle II, 40, of New Haven, Conn. He was assigned to Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. For more information media may contact the Headquarters Air Combat Command public affairs office at 757-764-5007.


Capt. Nathan J. Nylander, 35, of Hockley, Texas. He was assigned to the 25th Operational Weather Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz. For more information media may contact the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base public affairs office at 520-228-3406.


Capt. Charles A. Ransom, 31, of Midlothian, Va. He was assigned to the 83rd Network Operations Squadron, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. For more information media may contact the 24th Air Force public affairs office at 210-977-5796.

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