Friends mourn death of Kansas Air National Guardsman killed in military vehicle crash
TOPEKA, Kan. (Tribune News Service) — Friends took to social media Thursday to mourn the death of Staff Sgt. Wesley W. “Wes” Kubie, 30, a Kansas Air National Guardsman who died Tuesday of injuries suffered in a military vehicle crash at Smoky Hill Weapons Range in Salina, Kan.
Kubie lived in Salina and was married with three children, according to his online obituary.
Kubie died of injuries suffered in a Humvee crash that occurred Tuesday afternoon near the Smoky Hill Weapons Range near Salina, according to the Salina Journal.
Three guardsmen were riding in a Humvee when it left the road, rolled and landed on its roof. All three were ejected.
The two airmen who were injured in that single-vehicle rollover accident were identified Thursday as Staff Sgt. Jaden Johnson, 23, of Salina, and Staff Sgt. Cole Frederick, 28, of Topeka. Both were being treated at the Salina hospital.
Kubie, who had been in a rear passenger seat, died while being airlifted to a Wichita hospital, the Journal reported.
“He will be greatly missed,” wrote Christina Corbett on the SHHS Memorials and Memories Facebook page. “All around stand up guy. RIP, Wes.”
Kubie was a Joint Terminal Attack Controller instructor for the Kansas Air National Guard, assigned to the 284th Air Support Operations Squadron at Smoky Hill, according to his obituary.
He was deployed to Afghanistan from 2019 to 2020 as an active guard reservist in the Air Force, the obituary stated.
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