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Aug 5, 2013 8:35 PM by Faye DeHoff

Building at D-M dedicated to fallen airman

TUCSON - A fallen American hero is honored in Tucson.

The 25th Operational Weather Squadron Building at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is now dedicated to an airman, killed, during an insider attack in Afghanistan.

Captain Nathan Nylander was a Weather Officer, deployed as an advisor and member of the NATO Air Training Command.

When an Afghani gunman opened fire, Captain Nylander left the conference room he was in with four other airman, and 8 Afghan personnel. He went into the hall, where he and another officer shot and wounded the gunman.

Believing that the gunman was incapacitated, Captain Nylander then began helping the injured. That's when the gunman opened fire again. Captain Nylander fired back, but was wounded in the ensuing battle. He ultimately died from his injuries.

Those who knew and served with Captain Nylander call him a great American.

Chief Master Sargeant Pete Buzynski said, "He would do anything for anybody. He was one of the smartest guys I ever worked with. And, he just cared about his people. And, it's obvious, what he did that day - he could have left the building and saved himself, but he went back in there and engaged, and made sure the building was cleared, and tried to protect, you know, the other people in that building. And that's kind of the guy he was."

Captain Nylander was posthumously awarded the Silver Star medal. His family also attended the dedication ceremony, which was held on August 1st.

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