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KIADECEMBER 03, 1978 - MAY 30, 2005HOME OF RECORD: CLARKDALE, ARIZONA
On May 30, 2005, Captain Fresques, Captain Argel, and Staff Sergeant Crate, all from the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron (23 STS), were accompanying Major William B. Downs of the 6th Special Operations Squadron, and Captain Ali Husam Abass, Iraqi Air Force, aboard a Comp Air 7SL assigned to the 3rd Iraqi Squadron at Kirkuk Regional Air Base. While performing a low pass, a landing, or perhaps an aborted landing, the aircraft impacted the ground near Jalulah, Iraq, killing all on board. Immediately, a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) mission was launched, but there was little left of the aircraft.
Born in Farmington, New Mexico, Captain Fresques was accepted into the United States Air Force Academy after graduating from high school. While at the Academy, he earned a degree in Environmental Engineering and entered the active Air Force in 2001.
His first assignment was as Flight Commander, 56th Communications Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona.
In 2002, Captain Fresques successfully completed Special Tactics Officer selection and training, earning his red beret. After graduating from the Advanced Skills Training course, Captain Fresques was assigned to the 23 STS and was serving his first tour of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Captain Fresques’ awards included the Bronze Star Medal With Valor Device, Air Force Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.