Raffle tickets for an electric guitar emblazoned with the names of the eight airmen and a civilian contractor killed in a mass shooting in Afghanistan in April 2011 are now on sale at www.airforceguitar.com.
The proceeds will go to the families of the fallen, known as the “NATC-A Nine,” said Maj. Henry Cecil, who helped spearhead the fundraising effort.
Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. The drawing is planned for Veterans Day, Cecil said.
An Afghan colonel turned his gun on NATO Air Training Command advisers inside Kabul International Airport on April 27, 2011, killing Lt. Col. Frank D. Bryant Jr., Maj. Philip D. Ambard, Maj. Jeffrey O. Ausborn, Maj. David L. Brodeur, Maj. Raymond G. Estelle, Maj. Charles A. Ransom, Capt. Nathan J. Nylander, retired Lt. Col. James Mclaughlin and Master Sgt. Tara R. Brown.
Guitar maker John Guilford crafted the instrument using, in part, an airman battlefield uniform worn by Cecil in Afghanistan.