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Lynch stops at 167th

July 23, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County became part of the story of Jessica Lynch's return home Tuesday when the Black Hawk helicopter carrying the former POW and her family stopped at the local Air National Guard base.

The helicopter landed at the 167th Airlift Wing base at about 11 a.m. to refuel and to give Lynch, her family and her boyfriend a chance to have lunch, said Lt. Col. Roger Sencindiver, an official with the 167th.

Lynch, dressed in a dark green uniform and wearing a beret, was taken around the base in a wheelchair.

She had lunch with Col. Jesse Thomas, commander of the 167th Airlift Wing, Sencindiver said.

Although Lynch appeared to be in good spirits, she was quiet, Sencindiver said.

"I could tell she was a little tired," said Sencindiver, who described Lynch as being "pale."

"She didn't say much from what I gather," Sencindiver said.

Members of Lynch's family requested that no media be invited to the local Air National Guard base for their arrival, Sencindiver said.

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Officials with the 167th Airlift Wing sent out a media statement about Lynch's visit.

Her helicopter left for Elizabeth, W.Va., at about 12:40 p.m., Sencindiver said.

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