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U.S. Air Force Airman Second Class Roy Lee Hursey poses for an official photo circa 1961. Hursey lost his life in the line of duty after a KC-135 Stratotanker crashed into the guard post he was manning shortly after takeoff.  

(U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) 
A Final Farewell: The Untold Story Behind Hursey Gate
Having recently arrived on Eielson Air Force Base, I was curious about the story behind Hursey Gate. I drive in and out of this gate every morning, but I knew only scant details about its namesake. I wanted to know more. After speaking to the Airmen who were there 54 years ago, as well as researching decades-old newspaper accounts, what follows is a faithful retelling of the events that transpired on that tragic night.
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Members of the 354th Comptroller Squadron (CPTS) pose for a group photo, Dec. 21, 2016, at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. The 354th CPTS ensures travel vouchers are completed by hand,which reduced errors made by customers who used to complete their voucher on their own. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor) Making it full-circle
When I enlisted in the Air Force 14 years ago, a seasoned master sergeant told me, “You’ll see a lot of things change in your career, and if you stay in long enough, you’ll even see some of those things go back to the way they were when you first came in.” But it wasn’t until I in-processed at the Eielson Air Force Base finance office that I was able to see the master sergeant’s prediction come to fruition.
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