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Co-pilot in GA military aircraft accident was living in Madison

1st Lt. David Albandoz performs load master duties on his C-130 Hercules during the Joint Operations Access Exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., June 7, 2012. (Photo by Airman 1st Class James Richardson) 1st Lt. David Albandoz performs load master duties on his C-130 Hercules during the Joint Operations Access Exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C., June 7, 2012. (Photo by Airman 1st Class James Richardson)
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

The Puerto Rico National Guard has released the names of the victims of the military aircraft accident that occurred Wednesday in Port Wentworth.

One of the victims, 1st Lt. David Albandoz, who was the co-pilot on the doomed flight, had been recently residing in Madison. Albandoz, a 16-year veteran, is survived by his wife and daughter.

On Thursday, we stopped by his home where his friends and family, who aren't comfortable talking on camera, want us to not only speak on what happened but who he was.

Lt. Albandoz served for 16 years. Just last December, he was in Guantanamo right before the holidays visiting other soldiers who were deployed and wouldn't be with their families during that special time of year.

Friends of the family say that speaks to his character. He loved his job, they say, but being away from his family tore him up the most. That is why it was so special for him to see those soldiers in December. They say he was a very hard worker and a family man.

He is survived by a loving wife and a 2-year-old daughter. They're surrounded by loved ones during this difficult time with little answers.

The names of the other eight fallen airmen are:

  • Maj. José R. Román Rosado - Pilot - 18 years of service - from Manati, PR.  He is survived by his wife and two sons. 
  • Maj. Carlos Pérez Serra - Navigator - 23 years of service - from Canóvanas, PR.  He is survived by his wife, two sons and daughter. 
  • Senior Master Sgt. Jan Paravisini - Mechanic - 21 years of service - from Canóvanas, PR. He is survived by two daughters and son.
  • Master Sgt. Jean Audriffred - 16 years of service - from Carolina, PR.  He is survived by his wife and two sons.
  • Master Sgt.  Mario Braña - Flight Engineer - 17 years of service - from Bayamón, PR.  He is survived by his mother and daughter.
  • Master Sgt. Víctor Colón - 22 years of service - from Santa Isabel, PR.  He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
  • Master Sgt. Eric Circuns - Loadmaster - 31 years of service - from Rio Grande, PR.  He is survived by his wife, two step-daughters and son. 
  • Senior Airman Roberto Espada- three years of service - from Salinas, PR.    He is survived by his grandmother.
  • The Puerto Rico National Guard says they will continue to support the families for as long it takes.

"Taking care of our fallen Airmen's families and loved ones is our top priority," said the Adjutant General of Puerto Rico, Brig. Gen. Isabelo Rivera in a press release.  

"We are fully supporting them and providing all the assistance and resources of the Puerto Rico National Guard during this difficult moment."

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