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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp and his wife, Renee, issued the following statement regarding the death of Capt. Durwood “Hawk” Jones, a pilot with the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing based at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison:

“The entire Wisconsin National Guard family mourns the loss of Capt. Durwood “Hawk” Jones after his tragic passing this week.

The 10,000 strong Citizen Soldiers and Airmen of the Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard are a close-knit family, and we stand together in holding Capt. Jones’s family in our thoughts and prayers.

Losing a member of the Wisconsin National Guard creates a void, and every member of our organization shares in that grief.

Capt. Jones was a great pilot, leader, patriot, and combat veteran, who lost his life training to protect our state and nation. Like all Guardsmen, he was more than that. He was also a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend.

We will cherish his memory, and honor his sacrifice, as we pray for the healing of his family and the 115th Fighter Wing community.”