A Vacaville airman has paid the ultimate price for his country while serving overseas as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Department of Defense announced that U.S. Air Force Capt. Francis D. Imlay, 31, of Vacaville, died on March 28 from injuries received in an accident involving an F-15 aircraft near a base in Southwest Asia. He was assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.
The accident happened at 9:06 a.m., MST, approximately 15 miles outside of the base in Southwest Asia.
Captain Imlay was known among his fellow airmen as “Piston,” according to the DOD.
“It is with a heavy heart I inform you we lost a valued member of the Gunfighter family yesterday,” said Col. Ron Buckley, 366th Fighter Wing commander. “Today we mourn the loss of one of our warriors, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and coworkers during this time. He was a true professional and his dedication to the Gunfighter family will not soon be forgotten.”
Imlay, a native of Vacaville, was assigned to the 391st Fighter Squadron “Bold Tigers” and played a vital role in supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
More than 300 Mountain Home AFB Airmen remain deployed in support F-15E overseas contingency missions designed to deliver combat air power for joint operations and to meet ground commander requirements.
The cause of this incident is still under investigation.