TICE, JEFFREY SCOTT
|Name: Jeffrey Scott Tice
Rank/Branch: O4/US Air Force
Home City: East Rockhill PA
Date of Loss: January 1991
Country of Loss: Iraq
Status: Prisoner of War
Status in 2002: Released 03/05/91
Other Personnel in Incident: Harry M. Roberts (released)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 09 March 1991 from one
or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
published sources, interviews. Updated by the POW NETWORK 2019.
REMARKS: OPERATION DESERT STORM
SYNOPSIS: In the early days of hostilities in the Middle East, about one
dozen American pilots were shot down and declared missing. The Pentagon,
reluctant to release more information than was necessary, released only
name, rank, branch of service and age of each missing man. Family members,
friends and media sources reported more.
On January 20, 1991, the Pentagon announced that Major Jeffrey Scott Tice,
US Air Force was Missing from early offensive strikes over Iraq and Kuwait.
No further information was given as to date of loss, location of loss or
probability of survival. Later media released indicate that Tice and Harry
M. Roberts were flying from Doha Qatar airfield on a strike against an oil
refinery south of Baghdad. Each man flew separate F16E aircraft.
On January 20, 1991, a video interview of Allied POWs was broadcast on Iraqi
television. First the audio portion, then the video, were shown in the U.S.
by Cable News Network (CNN). Seven Allied POWs (including three Americans)
had been paraded through Baghdad in a propaganda move and coerced into
making "peace" statements. All appeared to be speaking under extreme duress.
While the Pentagon has yet to confirm the identity of the Americans in the
film, and has not classified even these three officially as POWs, at least
one U.S. family has confirmed that the man appearing in the interview was
their son. Costin was not mentioned in the report. Also on January 20, Iraqi
stated that POWs would be used as "human shields" to protect their important
military sites from attack by Allied forces.
On January 22, 1991, Iraqi television broadcast post-capture interviews of
Capt. Harry M. Roberts and Major Jeffrey S. Tice. As was the case on January
20, these two POWs appeared to be subdued and under extreme stress -- but
alive and less severely injured than the first group. Roberts and Tice
indicated their targets were south of Baghdad and that their aircraft had
been shot down by surface-to-air missiles (SAM). Jeffrey Tice's father,
Darwin Tice of Sellersville, Pennsylvania, positively identified the man in
the interview as being his son.
On March 6, 1991, Roberts and Tice were released by the Iraqis. They were
part of a group of 15 Americans released at that time, some of whom were not
previously identified as POWs. The group had apparently been held near an
intelligence complex at Basra.
Jeffrey Scott Tice graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1977 with
a degree in electrical engineering. He joined the Air Force in 1978 and was
stationed near Madrid, Spain, at Torrejon Air Base prior to being sent to
the Middle East. His wife and daughters, ages 6 and 4, lived in Spain until his
retirement in 1998.