United States Department of Defense United States Department of Defense

News Release

Press Operations Bookmark and Share

News Release


IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 208-95
April 18, 1995

SECRETARY PERRY STATEMENT ON C-21 ACCIDENT

On behalf of all the men and women of the Department of Defense, I extend my deepest sympathies to the families of those on board the Air Force C-21 aircraft which crashed last night in Alabama.

Next of kin notifications are continuing, so I am unable to mention all of those killed in this tragic accident individually. They were dedicated public servants and military officers, serving the United States Air Force and Army with great distinction.

One of the passengers was Clark G. Fiester, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Aquisition. Clark has been a colleague and friend for 38 years, when I first hired him in private industry. When I became Deputy Secretary, I recruited Clark to come out of personal retirement and return to public service. His vast experience, working in and around defense industry and government for four decades, helped us build a truly outstanding acquisition team in the Department of Defense. We will miss him.

The Air Force has already appointed an investigation board to determine the cause of this tragic accident. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of all those lost during this time of grief.