Funeral for Glenburn soldier who died in Kuwait to be held Saturday in Augusta

Posted Sept. 05, 2012, at 5:51 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 06, 2012, at 1:12 p.m.
Staff Sgt. Jessica Wing, 42, of Glenburn died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Kuwait.
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Staff Sgt. Jessica Wing, 42, of Glenburn died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Kuwait.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Funeral ceremonies for Staff Sgt. Jessica Wing of Glenburn, who died Aug. 27 in Kuwait in an incident not related to combat, have been scheduled for Saturday at the Augusta Armory.

Wing, 42, a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief for the Bangor-based 126th Aviation Medevac unit, was a helicopter mechanic with 23 years in uniform. She had made six overseas deployments.

Visiting hours for Wing will be held at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Ave., at 1 p.m., and her funeral will begin at 2 p.m.

“The first lady is planning to attend the funeral, but the governor will be on a flight to China,” Gov. Paul LePage’s spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett, said Wednesday.

Wing’s body is scheduled to be flown Friday from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to Bangor International Airport, Capt. Shanon Cotta, spokesman for the Maine Army National Guard, said.

The body then will be escorted by motorcade — with the Maine State Police leading the way — to Augusta.

The cause of Wing’s death has not been released, Cotta said.

“The tragic incident is currently under investigation by the Department of Defense,” he said. “This is a lengthy and highly detailed investigative process to accurately determine the circumstances of the incident.”

A military committal service will occur directly following the funeral service at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, located at 163 Mount Vernon Road in Augusta.

Wing had been mobilized three times during her 11 years fixing helicopters as an active-duty U.S. Army soldier, once to Haiti and twice to Bosnia, before moving back to Maine and joining the 126th medevac unit — known as the “Black Bears” — eight years ago.

Wing loved her job and spent more than half of her life in military service, a longtime friend, Staff Sgt. Sean Miller, said last week.

“She was very dedicated to the Army, her job and to her friends,” Miller said shortly after learning of her death. “My heart is filled with sorrow.”

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story requires correction. Gov. Paul LePage will be unable to meet the plane carrying Wing’s remains at Bangor International Airport Friday.

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