It was an emotional day at Moody Air Force Base, but the Air Force family has really come together for support. The sound of taps filled the hangar at Moody Air Force Base Thursday as hundreds came together to celebrate the lives of Captains Jud Brinson and Lee Moore.
Members of the 39th Flying Training Squadron who served alongside Brinson and Moore say this ceremony helps bring closure to an extremely sad week.
MAJ Chris Sabo says, "It’s a closure situation for us, we've had the initial shock during the week and the weekend. Most of us have kept busy during the week preparing for this."
In this time of loss, the airmen remember the passion for life both pilots shared. The two pilots are survived by their parents and their wives.
Spouses of pilots based at Moody say they have a special message for the families of the two men.
Stephanie Lazarski, the wife of a USAF Commander, says, "We are there for them whether short-term or long-term, the Air Force is a family and we treat each member as extended members of our family, so we are there for them whenever they need."
Airmen say Brinson and Moore were the best pilots in their squadron and filling their shoes will be a daunting task, a task that begins as the 39th Flying Training Squadron returns to the sky with heavy hearts.
Air Force investigators say it could take several months to determine the cause of the deadly accident.