LUKE AIR FORCE BASE - A master sergeant assigned to Luke Air Force Base was killed in fighting in Afghanistan, the military announced Wednesday.
A statement issued by officials at the base west of Phoenix said Master Sgt. Randy J. Gillespie, 44, of Coaldale, Colo., died Monday from gunshot wounds received in an encounter outside of a forward operating base near Herat.
Gillespie was assigned to the 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Luke, but was on duty in Afghanistan with the 755th Air Expeditionary Group. He was working with a task force assigned to train the Afghan Army.
"Master Sgt. Gillespie will be remembered here as a beloved husband and father, patriot, warrior, friend and proud American who volunteered to serve in his nation's Air Force," Brig. Gen. Tom Jones, who commands Luke's 56th Fighter Wing, said in a statement.
Gillespie is survived by his wife and four children, the military said.