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First Hawaii National Guard killed in AfghanistanUPDATED 10:18 PM HST Jan 14, 2014Video Transcript
deep into your pockets. The Hawaii National Guard has lost its first soldier in Afghanistan. Good evening. I'm Paula Akana. A plane crash in Eastern Afghanistan killed Sgt. Drew Scobie. While this is the first casualty there for the National Guard, it is the second death of a Kailua serviceman in this type of mission. KITV4's Paul Drewes explains in our top story tonight. Drew Scobie was part of the Detachment 55 soldiers that flew missions over battle zones in unarmed civilian turboprop planes as part of Task Force ODIN . His family had this to say about his military service. "Drew loved his family deeply, proudly and heroically carried the Aloha spirit wherever he went to defend our country. Drew's zest for life was contagious and always made his family proud. The National Guard Soldiers were carrying out high altitude missions complete with high-resolution sensors and cameras in planes similar to this one -- The aircraft can be lifesavers to troops on the ground because they can find improvised explosive devices and insurgent threats from above. file of Nishizuka But the missions can also be dangerous. Less than a year ago, another member of the military, also from Kailua - captian Reid Nishizuka was the pilot of a turboprop aircraft - similar to this one that crashed conducting a similar intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission also at night. Drew joined the Hawaii Army National Guard in 2009 and was a fire Direction operator in Afghanistan. He leaves behind a wife, a young son as well as one child yet to be born. ...He will remain an example for his son Duke, his unborn baby, his entire family and the many who were touched by his upbeat and positive attitude for everything he did." Drew will always be in our hearts and his spirit will live on. The military says there is no indication the plane crashed as a result of enemy action. The Department of Defense has said it will release more information about the deadly accident -- after an investigation. Scobie's family is asking that any gifts of support for Drew's children -- be made at Bank of Hawaii branches.