KABUL, Afghanistan — The Department of Defense has confirmed Airman First Class Kcey E. Ruiz, 21, of McDonough, Ga. was one of the six airmen killed in Afghanistan on October 2.
According to the D.O.D., the airmen died when the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft they were in crashed just after taking off at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan.
Kcey Ruiz graduated from Dutchtown High School in Henry County in 2012. She enlisted in the U.S. Air Force shortly after graduating high school.
"She's just the type of person who always did the right thing," Kcey's father Michael Ruiz said. "She had a high level of integrity, and she was just good to people."
Federal investigators are still working to figure out why the C-130J went down.
"It's unbelieveable, she was supposed to come home at the end of this month," Ruiz said.
The D.O.D. says Kcey Ruiz was stationed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts along with Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, 29, of Pensacola, Florida.
Ruiz visited his daughter in Boston just before she left for Afghanistan in April.
"I didn't say goodbye, I didn't want to say goodbye," Ruiz said. "I just told her I would see her later and I never got that chance."
The other four airmen killed were Senior Airman Quinn Johnson-Harris, 21, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Staff Sgt. Ryan Hammond of Moundsville, West Virginia, Capt. Jordan Pierson, 28, of Abilene, Texas and Capt. Jonathan Golen, 33, of Camarillo, California.
Five civilian contractors and two Afghanistan civilians were also killed in this crash.