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ROCK HILL, S.C. – Congressman Mick Mulvaney released the following statement after learning of the death of F-16 pilot, Capt. James Steel, of Shaw Air Force Base in Afghanistan Thursday:

“I pause to recognize, thank, and honor Capt. James Steel, from the 77th Fighter Squadron of Shaw Air Force Base, who lost his life in Afghanistan Thursday. Capt. Steel laid his life down Thursday so we can live freely in the greatest country in the world. Though no words can ease their pain, my thoughts and prayers are with Capt. Steel’s family, friends , and loved ones, as well as those in the Shaw Air Force Base community.”

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