Maine Soldier Serving in Operation Enduring Freedom Dies in Kuwait City
Staff Sergeant Jessica M. Wing of Glenburn, according to a release from Gov. Paul LePage’s office, has died in Kuwait supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.She was serving as UH-60 Crew Chief, Company C, 1st Battalion, 126th A V Regiment in Kuwait. She reportedly died August 27th in Kuwait City, Kuwait in a noncombat-related incident. Colonel James Campbell, the acting Adjutant General of the Maine NationalGuard stated, “The untimely and tragic loss of SSG Jessica Wing has deeplysaddened and shocked all of us in the Maine National Guard and across theState of Maine. On behalf of the Maine National Guard, I want to extend mysincere condolences to her family and friends.”Gov. Paul LePage released the following statement:”It brings me great sadness to learn of the death of Staff Sergeant Wing. Maine has lost a great soldier and a great Mainer. Ann’s and my thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Staff Sergeant Wing during these difficult times. We are forever indebted to her for her service to her state and to her country.”A spokesperson for the Maine Army National Guard says the unit provides medical evacuation to injured patients and military personnel to medical facilities using air ambulances.This is third deployment for the C/1-126th Air MEDEVAC Company, Maine ArmyNational Guard to the Middle East. In 2003 and 2008, the unit served inOperation Iraqi Freedom providing medical air evacuation support in Iraq and Kuwait.No funeral arrangements for Staff Sergeant Wing have been made at this time.