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Classmates set up GoFundMe for fallen airman

JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - As thousands in Texas remember four airmen killed in Afghanistan last week, Arkansas Airmen work to honor them here as well.

Members of Class 13-07, including one stationed here at the Little Rock Air Force Base, are coming together to honor Captain Jonathan "JJ" Golden. Golden was one of 11 people killed last week when a C-130J crashed during takeoff from the Jalalabad Airfield in Afghanistan.

A crash involving a C-130J last Friday hit close to home for Lt. Jason Morris.

"It's just about taking care of each other," said Morris.

Morris, who works at the Little Rock Air Force Base, trained with Capt. Jonathan "JJ" Golden.

"Loved flying with him. His family was his biggest thing," said Morris.

Classmates, like Morris, remember Golden for his commitment to their class motto, "Challenge Accepted."

"When the people take care of the mission completely or give everything for the mission, at that point it becomes our job to completely take care of the service member, they're loved ones and their families. That's what we want to do for JJ."

Golden leaves behind a wife and two small children. They're the reason Morris and his classmates have set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of $50,000.

"Could you imagine your husband not coming home? If anybody can ask themselves that question, if you're spouse went to work today, your son or daughter, any of it didn't get to come home" said Morris.

Morris says Golden was committed to his family and his country. "He loved flying, he loved what he did, loved serving his country, but his family was his absolute number one."

Morris says Golden also spent time training at the Little Rock Air Force Base. "He was phenomenal. Small stature and an enormous heart."