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554th RED HORSE Squadron Airman killed in motorcycle accident

Andersen Air Force Base --

An active duty Airman assigned to the 554th RED HORSE Squadron, 36th Wing Contingency Response Group, was killed in a motorcycle accident yesterday. Staff Sgt. David L. Coplin Sr. 35, of Mississippi, is survived by his wife Delora A. Coplin and son, David L. Coplin, Jr.

“It is the worst kind of tragedy when we lose a member of our Air Force family,” said Brig. Gen. Douglas Cox, 36th Wing commander. “Our thoughts and prayers will remain with the families during this process. We ask that the privacy of the families are respected as we grieve. Our top priority is ensuring the welfare of the families and friends affected by this tragedy.”

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

The Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineers are trained to be self-sustaining and build and open bases in the most austere environments. The 554th RED HORSE Squadron is the oldest RED HORSE squadron in the Air Force. 

Anyone having claims against the estate of SSgt David L. Coplin Sr. should contact 1st Lt Michael J. Blaser, 554 RED HORSE Squadron Summary Court Officer, at 632-6033 or email at michael.blaser.1@us.af.mil.