GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Air Force Captain William DuBois of New Castle returned to the Western Slope Thursday to hundreds of veterans, friends, family members and strangers lining the streets to pay their respects. Governor Hickenlooper ordered all flags at half-staff until his funeral on Sunday.

DuBois was killed Dec. 1 when his F-16 crashed in the Middle East during an operation against ISIS. The military is choosing not to disclose where he crashed for security reasons and they do not know why he was unable to eject. He was 30 years old.

“A lot of us are veterans, a lot of us out here aren’t veterans, but we all do the same thing. We’re here to show our respects for a fallen comrade,” said Art Edwards, Western Slope Assistant State Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders.

His body arrived at the Grand Junction Regional Airport shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday. A procession led by the Grand Junction Police Department went down Horizon Drive, 12th Street and Grand Avenue. DuBois will remain at the Grand Valley Funeral Home until Sunday where another procession will take him to Rifle for his funeral.

“We’re very fortunate we’ve been in combat, we’ve made it back, but we have those that gave the ultimate price, and that’s their life,” said Commander for the Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard Bob Henderson.

His services complete with military honors will take place at Rifle High School, where he graduated, on Sunday beginning at 11:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend.