The public is invited to view the procession at the Beale Air Force Base Main Gate today for Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard A. Dickson, 24, of Rancho Cordova, who died in a plane crash in Afghanistan.
Dickson's remains will arrive about 10:45 a.m. today on a military-contracted aircraft. Dickson was assigned to the 306th Intelligence Squadron at Beale.
He and three other servicemen, including a fellow Beale airman Capt. Reid K. Nishizuka, 30, of Kailua, Hawaii, died April 27 in the crash of the MC-12 Liberty, which also was deployed from Beale.
"We express our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Sgt. Dickson," said Col. Phil Stewart, 9th Reconnaissance Wing commander, in a press release. "Our thoughts and prayers are with them."
About 1,000 Beale airmen will line the streets and salute Dickson along an on-base procession route. Once the procession leaves Beale from Schneider Gate (base main gate) civilians may pay respects as Dickson is carried from North Beale Road to Highway 70.
"The military is a close-knit family, and when a tragedy like this occurs, every member of the armed services feels it," Stewart said. "Sgt. Dickson was a veteran of several deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and was one of our most experienced operators. He will be greatly missed."