A large contingency from Ocean Pines Public Works, Administration, Recreation and Parks, Aquatics and the Board of Directors lined Worcester Highway on Tuesday to honor Lt. Col. Paul Voss of the United State Air Force.
Voss was the pilot of a surveillance plane that crashed in Afghanistan last month.
A police escort traveled through Worcester County on Route 113 southbound to Pocomoke, then turned onto Route 13 toward Voss’s adopted hometown in Virginia. Maryland law enforcement and local fire companies also lined the highway to honor Voss.
Voss, 46, was a native of Yigo, Guam. According to a Pentagon statement, he died on Jan. 27 when his Bombardier E-11A crashed in the Ghazni province in Afghanistan. Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf was also killed in the crash.
Voss, whose call sign was “Tabs,” was an 11M mobility pilot commissioned in Nov. 2001 after graduating from Officer Training School, according to information released by the Air Force Personnel Center (ACC). His decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Air Force Achievement Medal.
Phaneuf was an 11B bomber pilot who flew the B-1B Lancer. He entered active duty in June 2012 after being commissioned through ROTC. His decorations included the Air Force Commendation Medal.
In a statement, ACC said Voss was on a voluntary deployment to Afghanistan, supporting the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing at Bagram, when he died. He was piloting the E-11A.
To view a video of the police escort, visit: https://youtu.be/lYUWwJAkKjI.
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