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November 27, 2018

BORN: June 11, 1993

HOMETOWN: Hookstown, PA

ENTERED SERVICE: August 7, 2012

UNITS: 26th Special Tactics Squadron

MILITARY TRAINING: U.S Army Airborne School, U.S Army  Military Freefall Parachutist School, U.S Air Force Combat Diver School, and Joint Terminal Attack Controller Course

DEPLOYMENTS: Afghanistan

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Combat Action Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Air Force NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon and NATO Medal

SURVIVED BY: Fiancée, Jordan A. Stigers; four brothers, Aaron Elchin, Ryan Elchin, Chippewa; Zachery Bly, Chippewa, and Nick Schlack; Hookstown; a stepsister, Stephanie Duez, Freedom; his maternal grandparents, Ronald and Sandy Bogolea, Freedom; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Duez; paternal great-grandmother, Grace Bell


On November 27, 2018 SSGT Elchin was killed by an improvised explosive device in Ghazni province, Afghanistan. Capt. Andrew Patrick Ross and Sgt. 1st Class Eric Michael Emond also died in the same incident. Elchin was assigned to the 26th Special Tactics Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.

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Joint Terminal Attack Controller

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