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Senator Toomey Issues Statement on Fallen Pennsylvania Airman

November 28, 2018
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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding the death of United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan J. Elchin of Hookstown, Beaver County:

"It is with heavy hearts we learned today that Air Force Staff Sergeant Dylan Elchin was killed while serving our country in Afghanistan. Those who served alongside Dylan recall his leadership in combat and dedication to the mission. He was a decorated airman having received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, and was a Distinguished Graduate of Airman Leadership School. Simply put, Dylan is a Pennsylvania hero. Kris and I mourn his loss, and are praying for his family in this difficult time. His sacrifice will not be forgotten."

Staff Sergeant Elchin died November 27, 2018 from injuries sustained when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. He was a Special Tactics combat controller with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, and was deployed in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

His awards and decorations include:

  • Bronze Star
  • Purple Heart
  • Army Commendation Medal with Valor
  • Air Force Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Combat Action Medal
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Afghan Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Air Force Longevity Service Award
  • Air Force NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon
  • Air Force Training Ribbon
  • NATO Medal

You can read more about Staff Sergeant Elchin here.