by By Darren D. Heusel
Tinker Public Affairs
4/29/2013 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- A
staff sergeant assigned to Tinker Air Force Base was one of four Airmen
who were killed Saturday supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, the
Department of Defense announced earlier this week.
Staff Sgt. Daniel N. Fannin, 30, of Morehead, Ky., died near Kandahar
Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft. The cause of
the crash is under investigation; however, initial reports indicate
there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash.
Sergeant Fannin was a Sensor Operator assigned to the 552nd Operations
Support Squadron at Tinker. He joined the Air Force on Aug. 28, 2001
after graduating high school in Morehead, Ky.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Sergeant Fannin, and
to the families of the other Airmen who were lost," said Lt. Col. Joshua
Conine, 552nd OSS commander.
"We never like to lose a brother or sister, and that's what Sergeant
Fannin was to the men and women of the 552nd Operations Group," Colonel
Conine added. "However, we have faith knowing he was the best at what he
did. He will be sorely missed as a friend and squadron mate."
During Sergeant Fannin's 11 years of service, he has served as an E-3
Air Surveillance Technician as well as a MC-12 Sensor Operator. While in
Afghanistan, Sergeant was assigned to the 361st Expeditionary
Reconnaissance Squadron as a member of the 451st Air Expeditionary Wing
at Kandahar Air Base.
He was qualified as an instructor Air Surveillance Technician. Prior to
his most recent operations assignment, Sergeant Fannin served with
distinction in the 960th Airborne Air Control Squadron at Tinker.
Sergeant Fannin was an experienced instructor in the E-3 "Sentry" Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft.
Among his many awards were the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster and the Air Force
Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster.
He is survived by his wife of Oklahoma City.
Sergeant Fannin completed three deployed tours as an E-3 AWACS Air
Surveillance Technician and MC-12 Sensor Operator. He was well known and
respected throughout the 552nd Air Control Wing.
"From my personal interactions with Sergeant Fannin over the past 11
years, he was extremely proud to serve his country and went about his
tasks each day with the utmost regard for excellence," Colonel Conine
The mission of the 552nd OSS is to prepare and provide training,
resources and support functions to the 552nd Operations Group through
integrated combat focus to execute 24/7 airborne battle
management/command and control when called upon by combatant commanders.
The 552nd ACW personnel and aircraft provide all-weather surveillance
and communications needed by commanders of U.S. and NATO air defense
forces to detect, identify, and track fixed-wing aircraft, maritime
surface vessels, and to direct friendly aircraft against the enemy
before they release ordnance against friendly forces.
The 552nd ACW has had a continuing presence in the region since 1980.
Others killed in the crash were: Capt. Brandon L. Cyr, 28 of Woodbridge,
Va.; Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii; and Staff Sgt.
Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, Calif.
The MC-12 is a medium- to low-altitude, twin-engine turboprop aircraft.
Its primary mission is providing intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance to support ground forces.