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Statement on the loss of Air Force Capt. Durwood “Hawk” Jones


December 11, 2020


Contact:  Chris “Desi” Arenz
Executive Director(608) 287-6208

MADISON – Chris “Desi” Arenz, Executive Director of the Badger Air Community Council (BACC) and a former pilot with the 115th Fighter Wing released the following statement:

On behalf of the Badger Air Community Council (BACC) I want to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Air Force Capt. Durwood “Hawk” Jones. Your family has suffered an unimaginable loss, and you will be in our thoughts and prayers as we all grieve the loss of your husband, father, son, son-in-law, friend, colleague and hero. Our community, state and country have suffered a tremendous loss.

We are proud of Capt. Jones. He will be remembered as a patriot, leader, a decorated pilot and a proud American who served his country with tremendous valor. He will be sorely missed.

The four generations of airmen and families of the 115th Fighter Wing are woven into the fabric of our community. They are our friends, neighbors, colleagues and family. A loss felt by them is a loss felt by all of us.  This tragedy is an unfortunate reminder of the sacrifices that are borne by the 1,200 men and women who serve at the 115th Fighter Wing, and their families, and all of our military service members and their families. It is also an important reminder for us as members of the greater community of the need to support and lift them up.

Captain Durwood is survived by his wife and two children.

Because of the overwhelming outpouring of support that has been expressed to the 115th Fighter Wing and Wisconsin National Guard, the BACC has been asked to establish a fund to benefit the family. A donation link can be found on our website at


About the BACC:

The Badger Air Community Council (BACC) was formed in 2012 by former members of the 115th Fighter Wing and business and civic leaders, to act as a liaison organization between the community and the Fighter Wing. The BACC supports the mission of the 115th Fighter Wing by educating the public on the economic and social benefits of having the unit based in Madison while highlighting the contributions made by the more than 1,200 Airmen who serve there.


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