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Capt Ryan Preston Hall
Birth: Dec. 10, 1981
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Death: Feb. 18, 2012, Djibouti

Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo. He was assigned to the 319th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. He died February 18 when their U-28 aircraft was involved in an accident near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Africa. The cause of the accident is under investigation. Capt Hall was a U-28A pilot on his seventh deployment. He entered the Air Force in 2004, receiving his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corp at The Citadel. He had been assigned to the 319th SOS at Hurlburt Field since 2007 and had more than 1,300 combat flight hours. Capt. Ryan Preston Hall, a 2004 Citadel graduate, was among four Air Force officers killed Feb. 18 while in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hall, 30, was a U-28A utility pilot on his seventh deployment overseas when the aircraft crashed near Camp Lemonnier in the East African nation of Djibouti. According to media reports and information from the Department of Defense and the U.S. Africa Command, the aircraft went down during a routine intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission for the war in Afghanistan at about 8 p.m. Saturday, local time. Camp Lemonnier is the only U.S. military base in Africa. The base is home to the U.S. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, which has played a role in counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations. Hall, who is originally from Colorado Springs, Colo., and the other three men killed were all U.S. Air Force personnel from the Hulburt Field military base in Florida. Hall had been assigned to the 319th SOS at Hurlburt Field since 2007 and had more than 1,300 combat flight hours. Hall entered the Air Force in 2004 after receiving his commission and a history degree from The Citadel. As a cadet he was a squad leader and platoon sergeant and active with the Lutheran Campus Ministry. During his senior year, he was the Delta Company executive officer, the number two ranking cadet in the company. Hall also was a member of the 2004 Summerall Guards, but was most active in the Air Force ROTC unit, said his friend and Citadel roommate, David Barrett, Delta Company commander in 2004. Barrett and Hall both contracted with the Air Force while at The Citadel. They were roommates all four years. Barrett said Hall received his pilot slot his junior year, but it was his training assignment with the MC-130 aircraft that got him really interested in special operations. The MC-130 aircraft are operated by the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. The MC-130 plane was first used during the Vietnam Conflict to carry U.S. soldiers on secret missions behind enemy lines. Since then the aircraft have flown missions and conducted operations around the world, notably in the 1991 Gulf War and during a civil war in Sierra Leon, according to the web site Barrett said Hall had been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan before his latest assignment in Africa. "He was incrediblly outgoing, fun, sarcastic, liked to hang out, did not matter who with or where," Barrett said. "He's my best friend there's not one thing I will remember that I can narrow down to. I will remember a lot." Hall is the 16th alumnus of The Citadel and third member of the Class of 2004 to die in action associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Information provided by The Citadel. Ryan is survived by his parents, Dennis and Kliffa; two brothers, Brandon Hall (Karin) and Damon Hall; and his grandmothers, Jean Hall and Nayda Nunn. Uncle Ryan was the beloved uncle for Erika, Natalie, Izabelleh, Evan and Noah. 
United States Air Force Academy Cemetery
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Feb 20, 2012
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Capt Ryan Preston Hall
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Capt Ryan Preston Hall
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