An Airman's Story: Technical Sergeant Robert Kevin Hodges

Technical Sergeant Robert Kevin Hodges was born on December 17, 1962, in Rantoul, Illinois.  He enlisted in the US Air Force following his high school graduation on August 19, 1981.

He was assigned to the 16th Special Operations Squadron and deployed to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm Desert Shield and the Gulf War with the crew of Spirit 03, an AC-130 gunship.

On January 31, 1991, while supporting a Marine unit struggling against an Iraqi Missile post, Spirit 03 went missing and was believed to be shot down.  The plane would be located off the coast of Kuwait on March 6, 1991.   The crew's appropriated remains were repatriated shortly after.

Technical Sergeant Robert Hodges rests at the Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida.


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