Maj. Gen. Robert Steel, then-comandant of the National War College at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., and his son, 1st Lt. James Steel, then a 63rd Fighter Squadron student pilot, talk in this file photo. James Steel has been identified as the pilot killed in Afghanistan this week. (Staff Sgt. Ian Dean / via Air Force Times)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Captain James Steel said in a 2009 interview: "It's cool to actually be doing what (my dad) used to do."
The Shaw Airman was killed this week when his F16 crashed near Bagram, Afghanistan. The cause of the wreck is still under investigation.
"Our condolences and prayers are with the family, friends and squadron members of Capt. Steel," said Col. Clay Hall, 20th Fighter Wing commander, in a statement. "This is a difficult time for Shaw AFB, but we are focused on taking care of the Steel family, our Airmen and continuing to execute the mission."
A 2006 Air Force Academy graduate, Captain Steel was one of six children in the family, and one of four children that followed the family's Air Force history with Steel's mother and father.
Read the 2009 article (http://1.usa.gov/ZEdo90) profiling then 1st Lieutenant Steel, with his father, then Comandant of the National War College at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC.