Remembering all of our brothers on Memorial Day weekend: 

DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. — Over the weekend, the 943rd Rescue Group memorialized the life of a fallen pararescueman who was killed in Afghanistan on April 6, 2013 while performing civilian duties as security contractor.

The memorial included family and friends of Chief Master Sgt. Nicholas L. McCaskill, 306th Rescue Squadron PJ. They recalled his life as a dedicated pararesuceman, mentor to junior rescue Airmen and a devoted family man.

“This memorial speaks volumes for the leadership and impact that Chief Master Sgt. Nick McCaskill had on those who knew him,” said Col. Harold Maxwell, 943rd RQG Commander. “Those who served with Nick loved him and respected him, and he was a role model to the younger Airmen that wanted to be like him.”

“He mentored them and inspired them; he was an outstanding example of what a senior non-commissioned officer should be,” said Maxwell.

The memorial included his induction into the rank of chief master sergeant which was earned on February 1, 2013, and also the presentation of the meritorious service medal.

“Nick was a humble man,” said Lt. Col. John Keeler, 306th RQS. “His actions and his life focused on saving lives and building his team, and not the decorations that he received.”

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