Nishizuka, Reid Kijiro, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
11RXX-Reconnaissance/Surveillance/Electronic Warfare Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
2012-2013, 11RXX, 9th Operations Group
Service Years
2005 - 2013

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Kandahar, Afghanistan

Casualty Date
Apr 27, 2013
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section I Site 1584

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Aviator (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
8th Air Force9th Reconnaissance Wing12th Air Force427th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
9th Operations Group
  2005-2009, 11RXX, 8th Air Force
  2005-2013, 9th Reconnaissance Wing
  2009-2013, 11RXX, 12th Air Force
  2011-2013, 11RXX, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  2012-2013, 11RXX, 9th Operations Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2005-2005 Consolidation I (2001-06)
  2005-2005 Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/National Resolution (2005-07)
  2005-2013 Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
 Colleges Attended 
Notre Dame College of Ohio
  2000-2004, Notre Dame College of Ohio
 My Aircraft/Missiles
MC-12W  King Air 350  
  2005-2013, MC-12W King Air 350
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Last Known Activity

Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii. He was assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, Calif. He died April 27, near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft. The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash.

Capt Reid Kijiro Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii died 27 April 2013 in the line of duty, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Visitation 5:00 p.m., service 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11th at Central Union Church. Reverend Dr. David Hirano of Central Union Church will be officiating. Burial will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2013.

Reid was born in Honolulu on January 29, 1983 He graduated from Kailua High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. Captain Nishizuka deployed to Afghanistan mid-April and had numerous previous deployments, participating in more than 200 combat missions. He was assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base in California. He was a pilot with 2,434 flying hours, more than half of those hours in combat. His military awards included 10 Air Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals and two Air Force Achievement Medals.

Reid is survived by his parents, father, Ricky (Norene) Nishizuka; mother, Karyn (Dr. Deane) Hatakeyama; brothers, Capt. Chad (Michelle) Nishizuka and Reyn Nishizuka; friend, Xavier Winters; step-sisters, Leinelle Baptista and Lyllis Manzano; nieces, Kiana Young and Genevieve Garcia; nephews, Keoni and Kekoa Young; paternal grandparents, Shizuichi (Masako) Nishizuka; maternal grandmother, Ruth Kushimaejo; uncles, aunts, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Donations will benefit the Kailua High School Air Force JROTC, the University of Notre Dame ROTC, the USO, and the Friends of the Fallen in Dover, Delaware.

A Memorial Fund was also created through Bank of Hawaii. Those who would like to donate may direct donations to the "Capt. Reid Nishizuka Memorial Fund". Donations can be made at any Bank of Hawaii Branch. Donations will help cover expenses along with establishing a scholarship for Kailua High School Air Force JROTC. Obituary information provided by Borthwick Mortuary.

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