Air Force officers’ burials this week

CNJ staff

Military burials for two U.S. Air Force officers with ties to Clovis who were killed in Iraq will be held this week at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Services for Maj. Troy L. Gilbert are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Monday. The funeral for Capt. Kermit O. Evans will be held at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
Gilbert, 34, died Nov. 27 when the F-16 he was piloting crashed in Iraq.
Gilbert’s wife, Ginger, is a Clovis native.

According to military officials, he was supporting troops fighting about 20 miles northwest of Baghdad.

Evans, 31, was killed Dec. 3 when the U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 helicopter in which he was riding made an emergency water landing near the shore of Lake Qadisiyah in western Al Anbar Province, Iraq.

Evans was a U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Explosive Ordnance flight commander assigned to Cannon and deployed to the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base, Iraq, officials said.

He was assigned as an operations officer for the Detachment 5 weapons inspection flight at Camp Victory, Baghdad.