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American Legion Members Gather To Escort McConnell Colonel's Body

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email
The 22nd Air Refueling Wing vice commander, Col. Michael V. Krueger passed away Tuesday.  His body was escorted by the American Legion.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

The 22nd Air Refueling Wing vice commander, Col. Michael V. Krueger passed away Tuesday. His body was escorted by the American Legion.

Col. Krueger was found unconscious in his home on McConnell AFB and was immediately transported to a local hospital where medical personnel were unable to revive him. The exact cause of death is unknown at this time.

Col. James C. Vechery, 22nd Air Refueling Wing commander, said of Col. Krueger, “He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother and friend who epitomized the Air Force core values as a wingman, leader, and warrior, and he will be greatly missed by all the members of our Team McConnell family. I’ve never known a finer person who wore the Air Force uniform. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the Krueger family during this trying time.”

Col. Krueger was a command pilot with over 3,200 hours of flying in various tanker, command and control, and trainer aircraft and had served in the Air Force for more than 23 years.

There are roughly 350,000 members of the American Legion riders around the United States.

Colonel Krueger’s body was flown to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Funeral service arrangements have not been released.


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