Three airmen, including one from Boerne, were killed on Friday when their military aircraft crashed in Kyrgyzstan.
Capt. Mark Tyler Voss, 27, was part of the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron crew from Fairchild Air Force Base southwest of Spokane, Washington.
According to the Department of Defense, Voss and two other airmen were in a KC-135 refueling aircraft that crashed shortly after take off. The refueling plane was headed to Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense identified the other two airmen as Capt. Victoria Pinckney, 27, of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Tech Sgt. Herman Mackey III, 30, from Bakersfield, Calif.
Voss graduated from Boerne High School in 2004. His parents told KSAT their son was a great kid, loved to fly and was able to fulfill his dreams of becoming a pilot.
Voss' parents said Tyler had dreams of going to the U.S. Air Force Academy, and he not only fulfilled his dreams, but also received a training award for having the highest score in his class on flight check rides.
Voss' parents also shared a letter from one of his former co-pilots. In it, he described Tyler as a "bright young co-pilot" who "handled the airplane with a rare deft touch." He (Tyler) "planned the mission with wisdom beyond his few years and reacted to changes in the mission with confidence..."
Voss' brother said his brother made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and everyone he loved. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, according to the Department of Defense.