Aaron Elchin last spoke to his brother, Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan J. Elchin, Saturday via Facetime from Afghanistan.
It was the perfect time to reach out to Sgt. Elchin, who had deployed in August, because the family had gathered the weekend after Thanksgiving.
Sgt. Elchin, at 25 a young, yet highly decorated airman from Beaver County, told his family he was preparing for a week-long mission. Mr. Elchin told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he said he asked his brother to text or call when he returned, knowing that the sergeant would be without cell phone service while in the field.
“And I told him that I love him,” said Mr. Elchin, 28, of Cincinnati. “And I didn’t know that was going to be the last time I’d talk to him.”