943rd RQG gathers to remember Pony 1-2
By Master Sgt. Luke Johnson , 943rd Rescue Group Public Affairs
/ Published September 17, 2015
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- Airmen past and present from the 943rd Rescue Group gathered at Heritage Park Sept. 12 to honor and remember the 15 lives that were lost in the line of duty during a nighttime training mission more than 27 years ago.
The memorial service coincided the same weekend as the 943rd Rescue Group Family Day and Rescue Reunion held on September 12, which allowed current and former unit members to reflect upon the tragedy and also honor the history and heritage of the 943rd RQG.
On Sunday evening, March 12, 1989, while participating in a joint-service training exercise, four aircrew members from the Air Force Reserve's 71st Special Operations Squadron, now known as the 943rd RQG, and 11 soldiers from the 5th Special Forces Group from Fort Bragg, N.C., died in the crash of a CH-3E Jolly Green Giant Helicopter, tail number 65-05692, call sign PONY 1-2. The crash happened in a desolate desert region 20 miles northwest of Tucson.