Hawaii has lost its first National Guard soldier in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Drew Scobie of Kailua was killed in a plane crash, according to the Hawaii Army National Guard. Scobie's unit, Detachment 55, was deployed in October 2013 to Eastern Afghanistan.
He was a technician and a monitor on the aircraft. Scobie is one of three Americans killed in the MC-12 plane crash on Jan. 10.
The Scobie Family says Drew was a loving father, husband, son, brother and friend. He was a graduate of Kailua High School.
The family released the following statement:
"We continue to celebrate the life of Drew Scobie, loving father, husband, son, grandson, brother, friend and hero. Drew loved his family deeply, proudly and heroically carried the Aloha spirit wherever he went to defend our country. Drew's zest for life was contagious and always made his family proud. He will remain an example for his son Duke, his unborn baby, his entire family and the many who were touched by his upbeat and positive attitude for everything he did. Drew will always be in our hearts and his spirit will live on and become part of the essence of our islands just like the breeze on the ocean. Love knows no distance and Drew is here and will always remain in our hearts."
Gifts to support the Scobie children can be made at any branch of Bank of Hawaii.