Capt Victoria Ann “Tory” <I>Castro</I> Pinckney

Capt Victoria Ann “Tory” Castro Pinckney

Denver, Denver County, Colorado, USA
Death 3 May 2013 (aged 27)
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Site 10574
Memorial ID 120526689 · View Source
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PINCKNEY, Victoria Ann Air Force Captain Capt. Pinckney died May 3, near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan, in the crash of a KC-135 aircraft that involved two other Airmen. At the time of the accident, the Airmen were assigned to the 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. Their home unit is the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron, Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington.

She was born on September 28, 1985 in Denver, Colorado, and graduated in 2003 from Palmdale (CA) High School. She went on to complete a year at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School where she met her future husband, Richard Pinckney. She graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2008 with a B.S. in Systems Engineering, Space Systems. While there, she played on the Women's Rugby Team and was a member of Cadet Squadron 15, the War Eagles. She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on May 28, 2008. On May 31, 2008, Victoria married Captain Richard Pinckney in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The two attended pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma. There, Victoria flew the T-6 and the T-1 aircraft. On May 28, 2010, she was promoted to First Lieutenant. Shortly after, she received her wings and her assignment to fly the KC-135 at Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane, Washington. She was promoted to Captain in May 2012, and completed a Master's Degree in Psychology later that year.

Tory enjoyed scrapbooking, snowboarding, and crocheting. She also had a black belt and red stripe in karate. She loved to bake and share her goodies with friends and neighbors.

She is survived by her husband and son, her parents, two sisters, grandparents, in-laws, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Interment took place November 18, 2013, in a joint grave with the other crew members killed in the crash, Capt. Mark Tyler Voss and
TSgt Herman "Tre" Mackey III.

[--Excerpted from obituary provided by Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, and published in The Spokesman-Review, June 2, 2013.]


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Gravesite Details Interred November 18, 2013
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Victoria Ann “Tory” Castro Pinckney (28 Sep 1985–3 May 2013), Find A Grave Memorial no. 120526689, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Paul Hays (contributor 47393402) .