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My name is Casey Cooper. I have been an ultra marathoner for a short while now...for about two years. I am running Rajeev Patel's Run-de-Vous in honor and remembrance of my friend Tre Mackey and the rest of his crew who paid the ultimate price.

Technical Sergeant Herman “Tre” Mackey III and his other two crew members died May 3rd, 2013 near Chon-Aryk, Kyrgyzstan in the crash of a KC-135.

Also killed were Capt. Victoria “Tory” Ann Pinckney and Capt. Mark Voss. The airmen were assigned to the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron.

The plane was on a refueling mission for Afghanistan war operations at the time of the crash.

Mackey graduated from Bakersfield High School in California.

He is survived by his wife, Megan, and daughter, Peyton. Tre is also survived by his mother, three sisters, and two brothers.

This is an important race for me...upon completion it will be my first finish at a 100 miler. I will do this in remembrance. Hat's off to Tre and the rest of the crew of Shell 77.