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Funeral services set for Rio Rancho major killed in Afghanistan

Major Phyllis Pelky, 45, of Rio Rancho was one of two U.S. military personnel killed in a helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. (Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

Major Phyllis Pelky, 45, of Rio Rancho was one of two U.S. military personnel killed in a helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

Funeral services for Maj. Phyllis Pelky, who was killed in a helicopter crash last week in Afghanistan, are set for Monday at the Cadet Protestant Chapel at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Services will start at 10 a.m. The funeral will be followed by interment at the Air Force Academy Cemetery.

Pelky, 45, of Rio Rancho, died Oct. 11, while deployed to Afghanistan, in support of the NATO-led Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. She was aboard a United Kingdom Puma Mk 2 helicopter assigned to the Resolute Support Mission when it crashed in a non-hostile incident at Camp Resolute Support, Kabul, Afghanistan.

U.S. Airman Master Sgt. Gregory Kuhse, 38, two British service members, and a French contracted civilian also died in the crash. Five other Resolute Support personnel were injured.

At the Air Force Academy, Pelky was previously the aide-de-camp to the Air Force Academy’s superintendent and was assigned to the Air Force Academy headquarters staff at the time of the crash.

Prior to her assignment as aide-de-camp, Pelky was an instructor with the Academy’s Department of Foreign Languages.

Pelky moved with her family to Rio Rancho when she was 9 and graduated from Cibola High School. She taught at Rio Rancho High School for seven years.

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