Wisconsin airman among 11 dead in Afghanistan plane crash

October 3, 2015

MILWAUKEE An airman from Wisconsin was among the 11 people killed when a U.S. Air Force military transport crashed at a base in Afghanistan, his sister said Friday.

Airman Quinn Johnson-Harris, 21, was a 2012 graduate of Homestead High School in the Milwaukee suburb of Mequon.

His sister, Fa-tia Johnson, says he was her best friend and she's sad to see him gone. She says his work as a loadmaster was his passion.

"He was an amazing individual, and we really lost one, but you know what they gained an angel, and he took him too soon, but you know what it might have been his time, the Lord wanted him home," Johnson said.

Johnson-Harris was only one month into his first deployment when he was killed when the C-130 he was in crashed shortly after takeoff early Friday, she said. She says military officers arrived at the family's door with the letter.

"When he heard about the assignment to go into Afghanistan, he was excited. He was ready to go," Fa-tia Johnson said.

His former football coach and algebra teacher, David Keel, recalled him as a selfless, hard-hitting running back. He said he knew the Air Force had one of the best when they chose Johnson-Harris.

"He came back one day in his Air Force uniform, and he could not have been more proud to be wearing the red, white and blue of the United States," Keel said.

Johnson-Harris' brother, Lamar Johnson-Harris, recently graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.


Associated Press