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Army Staff Sgt. Jessica Wing

Died August 27, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


42, of Alexandria, Va.; assigned to 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, Maine National Guard, Bangor, Maine; died Aug. 27 in Kuwait City, Kuwait, in a noncombat incident.


Maine soldier dies in Kuwait but not during combat

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — A soldier from Maine who served in the National Guard has died in Kuwait, military officials said Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Jessica Wing, 42, of Glenburn, died Monday, the Department of Defense said. Officials said her death wasn't related to combat, but they didn't provide details on the circumstances.

Wing was a helicopter crew chief assigned to the 1st Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment out of Bangor. The unit provides medical evacuation to patients and military personnel using medically equipped UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.

"The untimely and tragic loss of SSG Jessica Wing has deeply saddened and shocked all of us in the Maine National Guard and across the state of Maine," Col. James Campbell, the acting adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, said in a statement.

Wing served in the guard for eight years and was on active duty in the Army for 11 years before that, according to the Maine National Guard. She was deployed to Haiti and Bosnia while in the Army and was sent to the Middle East three times while with the Guard.

Wing was not married and had no children, officials said.

Gov. Paul LePage said Maine "has lost a great soldier and a great Mainer."

"We are forever indebted to her for her service to her state and to her country," he said in a statement.


Funeral set for helicopter crew chief from Maine

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine National Guard helicopter crew chief will be laid to rest this weekend in Augusta.

The funeral for Staff Sgt. Jessica Wing will be held Saturday at the Augusta Armory, followed by burial at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta.

The 42-year-old from Glenburn was on her third deployment when she died in what the military described as a noncombat incident in Kuwait. The Defense Department has not divulged details of the incident, which remains under investigation.

Wing served in the guard for eight years and was on active duty in the Army for 11 years before that. She was assigned to the First Battalion, 126th Aviation Medevac Company out of Bangor.

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