Jordan Pierson, remembered as kind-hearted and motivated. 28, of Abilene, Texas; died Oct. 2, 2015 at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, when the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft in which he was riding crashed. He was assigned to the 39th Airlift Sq, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
Family mourns Lubbock Coronado graduate as 'great guy' killed in Air Force crash
Lubbock Journal, October 5, 2015
Jordan Pierson was a positive role model who was devoted to his family and serving his country, friends and relatives of the late Air Force captain told A-J Media.
The 2005 Coronado High graduate was among 13 people killed Friday when an American C-130 transport plane crashed in Afghanistan. He was 28.
“He was a great guy,” said Mike Trammel, his stepfather-in-law.
Trammel remembers Pierson as a hard-working young man who took that diligence to the military after high school. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, then was stationed in Mississippi. From there, he was assigned to Dyess Air Force base near Abilene.
“He was very responsible. That’s why he went to the Air Force Academy,” Trammel said.
He moved up the ranks, eventually earning the title of captain.
Pierson married his high school sweetheart, Jaime, about three years ago. The pair recently purchased a new home in Abilene.
Abbi Trammel said he “took really good care” of her sister.
“He provided for her and took care of her and loved her,” she said.
Abbi Trammel remembers her brother-in-law as a bit on the introspective side, but quick with a joke.
“He was kind of quiet and shy, but he was funny when he was talking,” she said.
Joe Welborn, a longtime coach at Coronado, still remembers the player he coached 10 years ago. The future soldier appeared quiet and determined, but tough on the football field.
“He was strong, he was athletic and he was just a hard worker,” he said. “I remember him wanting to be in the military. He definitely is in my memory.”
The Associated Press reported the cause of the crash remains under investigation. Along with Pierson, five other U.S. airmen were killed, including Capt. Jonathan Golden, 33, of Camarillo, California; Staff Sgt. Ryan Hammond, 26, of Moundsville, West Virginia; Senior Airman Quinn Johnson-Harris, 21, of Milwaukee; Senior Airman Nathan Sartain, 29, of Pensacola, Florida; and Airman 1st Class Kcey Ruiz, 21, of McDonough, Georgia.
The other seven victims were civilians.
Patty Futrell said she cried when she learned about the crash that took her son’s best friend. Pierson and Chase Futrell met around seventh grade, then stayed close. In recent years, they served as best man at each other’s weddings.
“He was the sweetest, kindest, most wonderful boy,” she said. “He was such a good person. He was a good influence on my son growing up.”
Pierson stayed humble despite his military success, Patty Futrell recalled.
“He had every reason to brag being a fighter pilot at 28, but he was very modest,” she said. “He was just a very nice person, and we all loved him. It just devastated us when we heard the news.”