A Tucson man was one of three Americans killed Sunday in a terror attack at a military base in Kenya. Hope Harrison said her husband Dustin died when Al-Shabaab extremists overran a key military base used by U.S. counter terror forces in Kenya before dawn, destroying several U.S. aircraft and vehicles.
Dustin, a pilot, was a contractor for the Department of Defense. A second contractor was killed in the attack, but he has not been identified.
Hope spoke on phone with KOLD News 13 spoke and said she was meeting with Dustin’s co-workers to learn the details of the attack. After that, Hope and her daughter will fly to an Air Force Base to receive his body.
A public memorial service is being planned, Hope said. She said Dustin would’ve wanted something small, but she wants everyone to know how incredible he was.
A U.S. Army specialist from the Chicago area was among three Americans killed in a weekend attack by al-Qaida-aligned militants in Kenya, according to his family.
Spc. Henry Mayfield Jr., 23, from the Chicago suburb of Hazel Crest, was killed in the Sunday morning attack, his family told Chicago’s NBC affiliate. “He loved his family and spending quality time with his siblings,” Mayfield’s mother, Carmoneta, told NBC 5
She said she last spoke with her son on New Year’s Day over FaceTime.
“We discussed him not having to go to Somalia and he told me everything was good and safe at his base,” Carmoneta Mayfield told the network. “He told me everything would be okay. Those were his last words to me.”