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Body of Kailua Air Force pilot killed in Afghanistan returned to U.S.

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 04:34 a.m. HST, May 01, 2013

The body of a Kailua Air Force pilot is back in the United States to be returned to Hawaii, where Capt. Reid Nishizuka grew up.

An arrival ceremony was held Tuesday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for Nishizuka, 30, and three other crew members on a MC-12 aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan Saturday, killing all four airmen on board.

Capt. Chad Nishizuka, an Air Force weapons systems officer, is escorting his older brother home.

"Our whole time in the Air Force, we've been at war," Chad Nishi­zuka told the Star-Advertiser Sunday from Dela­ware. "Either he'd be leaving or I'd be leaving, and we'd always say, ‘Hey, we'll meet up (afterward).' … You get so used to it, and you don't really think about it, but this is definitely a good reminder of the fact that we are still at war."

California’s governor ordered flags flown at half-staff over the state Capitol in Sacramento Tuesday for Nishizuka. Nishizuka was assigned to the 427th Reconnaissance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base in California.

Services for Nishizuka are pending.

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