UPDATE: Pilot killed in F-15 jet crash in Virginia mountains identified

UPDATE: Pilot killed in F-15 jet crash in Virginia mountains identified

Credit: 104th Fighter Wing

Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr.

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by AP

WVEC.com

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 29 at 12:23 PM

8/29 11:48 a.m. UPDATE: The pilot has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr.
He served with the 104th Fighter Wing as the full-time Wing Inspector General, responsible for the implementation of the Air Force Inspection System and as an F-15 instructor pilot with more than 2,300 flight hours.
A 1996 Air Force Academy Graduate, Lt. Col. Fontenot was additionally a Weapons School Graduate with more than 17 years of F-15 flying experience. He served as a squadron commander at multiple locations.
Following Active Duty assignments in Washington D.C., Japan, Idaho, Florida, Alaska and numerous deployments to the Middle East, Lt. Col. Fontenot joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard in February 2014. He was a decorated combat veteran, earning the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and Combat Readiness Medal among others.
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WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Military officials in Massachusetts say they've confirmed that the pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed in remote Virginia mountains was killed.  

Col. James Keefe says his "thoughts and prayers are with the family" of the pilot, whose identity hasn't been disclosed.
 
The pilot and jet were with the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National Guard.
 
The F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground.
 
Authorities said the pilot of the single-seat jet was headed to New Orleans for radar installation as part of routine maintenance and reported an inflight emergency before losing radio contact.
 

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