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Grand Forks airman identified in fatal crash

GRAND FORKS -- Grand Forks Air Force Base has identified the airman who died in a crash near Grand Forks Monday night, Oct. 1

Senior Airman David L. Pharaoh, 23, died driving to work on U.S. Highway 2 after his vehicle hit an empty beet truck merging onto a right shoulder.

"This tragedy is felt throughout our defender family," Pharaoh's commander Maj. Schneider

Rislin said in a statement Wednesday morning. "David was an exceptional airman since day one of his arrival. He was selected for the security forces travel team charged with protecting military assets at Cavalier Air Station, as well as performing duties on Grand Forks AFB. Our hearts are with his family and those grieving among us, as he was loved and respected by many—especially his comrades in Charlie Flight."

Pharaoh joined the air force three years ago, according to the base. Originally from Atascocita, Texas, Pharaoh arrived at Grand Forks in November 2015 and was assigned to the 319th Security Forces Squadron. He received an Air Force Achievement Medal for going overseas last year.

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