Salina man identified as Airman killed in military traning accident

Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range
Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range(184th Wing)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:31 AM CDT
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SALINA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas National Guard has identified the man who died after a military vehicle crash on Tuesday afternoon as Staff Sgt. Wesley Kubie, 30, of Salina.

Officials say Staff Sgt. Kubie was unresponsive and died while being airlifted to a Wichita hospital.

The two other Airmen involved in the accident were identified as Staff Sgt. Jaden Johnson, 23, of Salina, and Staff Sgt. Cole Frederick, 28, of Topeka.

Both were injured and are currently being treated at a Salina hospital.

“I ask that you keep the Airmen, their families, friends and loved ones in your prayers during this time of sorrow,” said Col. Jason Knobbe, commander, 184th Wing.

Knobbe said, “We’ve initiated support teams who are well-trained and equipped to provide assistance to those affected by this tragedy.”

The Kansas National Guard says three Air National Guard Airmen assigned to the 184th Wing were in a military vehicle accident on Tuesday afternoon, June 8, at the Smoky Hill Air National Guard Range, 10 miles west of Salina.

According to the National Guard, the Airmen of the 284th Air Support Operations Squadron were training at the Smoky Hill ANG Range when their vehicle overturned.

The accident remains under investigation.

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