Landstuhl Hospital Care Project http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org Supporting America’s Largest Overseas U.S. Military Hospital And Combat Support Hospitals Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:12:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ember Alt http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/ember-alt/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/ember-alt/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:54:41 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=11387 Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for […]

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Ember Marie Alt

 

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Ember Marie Alt, 21, of Killeen died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Afghanistan while serving her country.
She graduated from Killeen High School in 2009 where she excelled in track. One of her crowning moments is where she helped lead her team to the State finals her senior year.
Ember joined the United States Army in 2011. During her service, SPC Ember Marie Alt received many awards for her accomplishments to include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart Medal and the Combat Action Badge just to name a few.
She was a vibrant and loving person who left a lasting impression on everyone she came into contact with.
Ember is survived by her parents; Chuck Alt of Killeen, Cynthia Merchant of Gulfport MS. and Rick and Jennifer Owens of Killeen. Grandparents; Charles Alt, Ruchanee Holmer, Mike and Bella Trowbridge and Marc and Theresa Nadeau. Godparents; Corey Daughtry, Cody Hall, Bryce Nadeau and Shannon Alt.
She will also be missed by her siblings; Kayla and Jacob Alt, and Bryce and Evan Owens and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ember is preceded in death by her grandmother, Mary M. Alt and her grandfather, Roger Holmer.

 


 

Ember Marie Alt

U.S. Army Women’s Foundation

SPC Ember M. Alt, 21, of Beech Island, S.C. died June 18, in Bagram, Afghanistan along with three other soldiers, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire. She was assigned to the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

She graduated from Killeen High School in 2009 where she excelled in track. One of her crowning moments was when she helped lead her team to the State finals during her senior year.

Alt joined the Army in May 2011 and was deployed to Afghanistan for the first time on Nov. 26, 2012. She served as a wheeled vehicle mechanic. During the course of her military career, she was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Ember is survived by her parents; Chuck Alt of Killeen, Cynthia Merchant of Gulfport, MS, and Rick and Jennifer Owens of Killeen. She will also be missed by her siblings; Kayla and Jacob Alt, and Bryce and Evan Owens as well as her grandparents, godparents, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 


 

Contributed by Kevin Posival of the Killeen Daily Herald

The Roo Nation is mourning the loss of another teammate and friend.

Spc. Ember Alt, a 2009 graduate of Killeen High School, was among the four U.S. service members killed by indirect enemy fire Tuesday in Bagram, Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

Alt, 21, was among the three killed who were assigned to the 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division from Fort Carson, Colo.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said Wednesday that militants fired two rockets into the Bagram Air Base late Tuesday.

Alt, who ran track at Killeen High, is the second Roo athlete to die in a little more than a year. Dino Cannon Jr. was fatally shot and killed June 15, 2012, in Orlando, Fla., less than two weeks after he graduated.

Alt, a native of Beech Island, S.C., was a stand-out on the Lady Roos’ track team and entered the Army in 2011.

She was serving her first tour in Afghanistan at the time of the attack. She’d been deployed since November.

She was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and an Army Service Ribbon.

“I think it (the Army) was a good fit for Ember,” said former Killeen girls track coach Leah Cannon. “She wasn’t for sure what else she wanted to do. She was a very loving person. Always had hugs for everyone. I could see her serving her country and giving everything she had like she did here in school.

“This is last thing I ever thought about,” Cannon added. “When kids join, you just don’t think about (this happening). I know you should, but I never thought about that for Ember.”

Also killed from Alt’s unit were Spc. Robert W. Ellis, 21, of Kennewick, Wash., and Spc. William R. Moody, 30, of Burleson.

Sgt. Justin R. Johnson, 25, of Hobe Sound, Fla., who was assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Eustis, Va., also was killed in the attack.

Alt ran the first leg of the Lady Roos’ 1,600-meter relay team that finished seventh at the University Interscholastic League State Track and Field Championships in 2009.

Alt called the relay team the “Fantastic 4-by-4,” in an interview with the Killeen Daily Herald that year.

Cannon said Alt, who also was a regional qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles, had a love-hate relationship with the mile relay.

“Sometimes, she couldn’t decide if she needed to give it her everything in the 300 hurdles because she was afraid she would let her teammates down on the mile relay,” Cannon said, “but yet, she loved the 300 hurdles and she didn’t just want to not give it her everything, either.”

It was the relay that reached the pinnacle of Texas high school track — Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin.

Alt told the Herald in 2009 that she was glad she achieved that milestone with her teammates.

“Anybody can get to state as an individual,” Alt said. “It means more to go with your family. It’s an adrenaline rush. If I’m running (an event) by myself and I mess up, it doesn’t affect anybody but me. Having them out there makes me want to do better because how I do affects them.”

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James Steel


Air Force Capt James M. Steel
KIA April 3, 2013
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina

Air Force Capt. James Steel died April 3, 2013 in the crash of an F-16 near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. While returning to the airfield from a close-air support mission, Capt. Steel was flying his F-16 low to prepare for landing but could not see the mountain in his flight path due to poor weather conditions. According to the crash investigation report, Steel’s plane had a low altitude warning that sounded before he crashed. However, his Predictive Ground Collision Avoidance System did not warn him about the mountain because it was not connected to the digital terrain database. Capt. Steel began to pull up when the PGCAS emitted an altitude warning, but not enough to avoid the mountain. Capt. Steel was on his first deployment to Afghanistan and was due to come home in just three weeks.

“He was always smiling, always happy,” James’ mother, Dee Steel, said, “He loved life. I think he lived two days for every one day. He just got the most out of every day.” Dee recalls that though James was not the oldest of his four brothers and one sister, he took the lead from the very beginning. Every Christmas, James told his siblings what gifts they would get their parents and how much they each owed him. James taught himself to play guitar, had a love for skydiving, working out, and fishing.

From as far back as Dee can remember her fearless son wanted to be an F-16 pilot like his father, retired Air Force Major General Robert Steel. James’ mother had also spent 4 years in the Air Force, as well as both grandfathers, who were Air Force veterans. James ran cross country and track in high school, graduated valedictorian and, like both his parents, went on to the Air Force Academy where he was commander of the same squadron to which his mom and dad belonged more than two decades before. Col. Clay Hall said, “Mano [Steel’s call sign] was proud of serving his country, proud of being an F-16 pilot and proud of being a ‘Gambler.’” Col. Shaun McGrath, 20th Operations Group Commander, honored Capt. Steel by allowing members of the 20th OG to wear 77th FS “Gambler” red and black t-shirts under their duty uniforms. On an internet post dedicated to James, the words “Once a gambler, always a gambler” appear next to his name.
Capt. James Steel was 29 years old from Tampa, Florida

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I Salute You; Air Force Captain James M. Steel
Mankato Times
Air Force Captain James M. Steel, 29, of Tampa, Florida died April 3 in the crash of an F-16 near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Captain James M. Steel was assigned to 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina and was serving during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Steel graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2006, completed pilot training and arrived at Shaw in June 2010. He was the chief of mobility for the squadron, which provides close air support for U.S. and coalition troops on the ground.
Steel is the son of retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Steel, former commandant of the National War College in Washington. Steel’s mother, Dee, twin brother, Jonathan, and younger brother Christopher are also Air Force Academy graduates, according to an article from the Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., newspaper and the Air Force Times.
“Capt. Steel was an outstanding young officer who loved being a fighter pilot – it was obvious from the moment you met him,” said Col. Clay Hall, 20th FW commander. “He was well liked and respected within the Shaw community; subordinates, peers and supervisors alike. Mano [Steel’s call sign] was proud of serving his country, proud of being an F-16 pilot and proud of being a Gambler. He served his country with honor and made the supreme sacrifice. Mano will be missed, but not forgotten.”
“Capt. Steel was an absolute pleasure to work with as a student. I wish I had more students just like him,” said Sanetta Holder, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Shaw Campus. “He was a good student and a great friend. I’m going to miss him coming in the door smiling, telling me he’s ready to register for the next class.”
James Steel taught himself to play the guitar. He liked to sky-dive. “He loved to work out. He loved fishing,” Dee Steel said.
Steel is survived by mother, father, and five brothers and sisters.


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Captain James M. Steel, I Salute You.

By Capt. Ann Blodzinski
20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
4/9/2013 – SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. — On April 5, 2013, Shaw AFB flags were slowly brought to half-staff at noon honoring a fallen 20th Fighter Wing combat Airman.

The Airman, 77th Fighter Squadron pilot, Capt. James Steel, died April 3, 2013, after his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in Afghanistan. He is the first 20th FW aviator lost in combat since 1945 during World War II in England.
The flags at Shaw AFB remained at half-staff throughout the weekend in observance of Capt. Steel’s final trip home.
“Capt. Steel was an outstanding young officer who loved being a fighter pilot – it was obvious from the moment you met him,” said Col. Clay Hall, 20th FW commander. “He was well liked and respected within the Shaw community; subordinates, peers and supervisors alike. Mano [Steel’s call sign] was proud of serving his country, proud of being an F-16 pilot and proud of being a Gambler. He served his country with honor and made the supreme sacrifice. Mano will be missed, but not forgotten.”

On Monday April 8, 2013, Col. Shaun McGrath, 20th Operations Group commander, honored Capt. Steel by allowing members of the 20th OG to wear 77th FS “Gambler” red and black t-shirts under their duty uniforms.
The 77th FS has been deployed since the fall of 2012. In total, Capt. Steel flew 85 combat missions; his efforts in combat saved American and coalition service members’ lives, according to Lt. Col. Johnny Vargas, 77th FS commander.
“He flew with great passion and as sad as his loss is, know that Mano died doing what he loved to do,” said Lt. Col. Vargas. “He died serving his country, protecting his fellow service members, and accomplishing our nation’s objectives. He died a fighter pilot. A hero.”

As a base, Shaw has had to keep moving forward, accomplishing the mission. However, you can see and feel the loss everywhere you go.

“Mano was the finest American and patriot warrior,” said Lt. Col. Scott Shepard, former 20th Operations Support Squadron commander. “He worked extremely hard enhancing the combat readiness of the 20th FW during his tour in my squadron as the chief of air-to-surface programs. Mano never said ‘no’ or ‘I can’t’ and never tried to deflect even the most difficult tasking. He was happy, friendly, funny, ever so patriotic, and loved flying the mighty F-16 Viper like you can’t even imagine. This young man was truly cream of the crop and there’s no explanation on this earth why he was chosen to depart this world early. He will be sorely missed.”
Capt. Steel, a 2006 U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, is remembered throughout base, not just the 20th OG. The exuberant pilot befriended everyone he met.
“Capt. Steel was an absolute pleasure to work with as a student. I wish I had more students just like him,” said Sanetta Holder, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Shaw Campus. “He was a good student and a great friend. I’m going to miss him coming in the door smiling, telling me he’s ready to register for the next class.”
The families of the Gamblers back home also mourn Capt. Steel’s loss, here in Sumter, as do those whose lives Mano touched at previous Air Force assignments. The news of the crash resulted in an outpouring of support from the F-16 community, the Sumter community and more.

“I have been stationed at a number of locations through my 17 years in the Air Force. I can honestly say that nowhere else have I felt more close and more cared for by a community than in Sumter,” said Lt. Col. Vargas. “The support that has been provided by our community to our Gambler family throughout this tragedy has been incredible. We cannot thank the Sumter community enough for helping us through our loss.”

As the Gamblers wind down their deployment, they look forward to returning home and celebrating Capt. Steel; he was the friend who always wore a smile and made you laugh, Vargas said.

“Mano will always be a part of our lives and I can tell you that from this day until our very last, every member of the Gambler family will hold him in a special place in their hearts.”

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Marilyn L. Gabbard


By Henry C. Jackson
The Associated Press
JOHNSTON, Iowa — The first woman promoted to the rank of command sergeant major in the Iowa Army National Guard was among those killed when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Iraq, guard officials said Jan. 24.
Command Sgt. Maj. Marilyn L. Gabbard, 46, of Polk City, was a passenger on the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when it crashed Jan. 20 northeast of Baghdad, officials said. She was the first woman in the history of the Iowa National Guard to be killed in combat, Iowa National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood said.
Gabbard was 19th Iowa National Guard member and the 50th service member with Iowa ties to be killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gabbard was born in 1960 in Boone and graduated from Boone High School in 1979. She served in the National Guard for 27 years, starting in 1979, ascending to the rank of sergeant major. In her most recent post, Gabbard served as state operations sergeant major at the Iowa National Guard’s Joint Forces Headquarters in Johnston.
Gabbard’s long tenure with the Iowa National Guard made the pain from her loss acute, Hapgood said.
“She touched so many people in so many different areas of our organization,” he said.
As the first woman promoted to her rank, Gabbard was in a position to serve as a role model to other woman soldiers in particular, Hapgood said, but Gabbard never saw herself as a trail blazer, just a soldier and a leader.
“She didn’t take it as a burden,” Hapgood said. “She embraced the fact that she had gone places other people hadn’t gone before. I think she relished having soldiers look up to her.”
Gabbard leaves behind her husband, Edward Gabbard; daughter, Melissa Danielson; mother, Mary Van Cannon; brothers, Mark and Mike Van Cannon; sister, Marla Noren; two grandchildren, five stepdaughters and a stepson.

Marilyn L. Gabbard


JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) _ In the tight-knit headquarters of the Iowa National Guard in Johnston, Command Sgt. Maj. Marilyn L. Gabbard was known for her near perpetual smile. “She was always smiling,” her friend, Sgt. Maj. Renee Blodgett, said Wednesday. “And she always had a smile to give.” With the smile came a drive and determination, colleagues said. Gabbard enlisted with the Iowa National Guard in 1979, the same year she graduated from Boone High School, and spent the next 27 years in the Guard, starting as a personnel management specialist and earning a reputation as an adept problem solver. She was the first woman in the Iowa Guard to attain the rank of command sergeant major. “She was a person who did not say ‘no,'” said Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood. “She was the person who, if you had a project that was difficult and you weren’t sure who to give it to, she was the person you would give it to.” Gabbard was killed Saturday in a Black Hawk helicopter crash northeast of Baghdad, officials said. She was 46. She is believed to be the first woman in the history of the Iowa National Guard to be killed in combat. Military officials said Gabbard’s helicopter might have been shot down, and an investigation is ongoing. She was one of 12 National Guard members from seven states and the U.S. Virgin Islands killed in the crash. Gabbard was the 50th Iowan _ and the 19th member of the Iowa National Guard _ to die while training for or serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Gabbard lived in Polk City with her husband, Edward. She was serving her first deployment in Iraq, leaving Iowa on Dec. 16 to serve as a non-commissioned officer in charge of the National Guard Affairs Team in Baghdad. Gabbard welcomed the challenge, Blodgett said, in part because she took such pride in training her fellow soldiers. “She loved the National Guard. She loved people. She was always looking out for others,” she said. Gabbard was a role model for women, said Blodgett, who credits her steady climb in the Iowa National Guard for easing the way for other women to win promotions. Blodgett was one of about 50 people who packed into an auditorium at Joint Forces Headquarters in Johnston for a press conference held to announce Gabbard’s death. Most at the Guard’s headquarters already knew of Gabbard’s death when they filed into the room, filling in seats and standing at the back of the auditorium. “In some ways this was closure,” Hapgood said. “But it’s also causing people to call upon their memories of Marilyn.” Although Hapgood agreed Gabbard was a role model for women, he said it would be a mistake to let her gender classify her, or her influence. “She didn’t take it as a burden,” he said of her gender. “She embraced the fact that she had gone places other people hadn’t gone before. I think she relished having soldiers look up to her.” Gabbard leaves behind her husband, Edward Gabbard; daughter, Melissa Danielson; mother, Mary Van Cannon; brothers, Mark and Mike Van Cannon; sister, Marla Noren; two grandchildren; five step daughters; and a stepson.
Marilyn L. Gabbard

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Marine Lance Cpl. Raul S. Bravo

Died March 3, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom


Raul and Sister Rachel
April 17, 2007
Rachel Bravo
In Honor of LCPL Raul “Chato” S. Bravo Jr.

Raul aka Chato which means little or no nose, was killed in Iraq on 3/2/07. He was an essential part of our family, the only boy, youngest of 3 sisters. He loved to drive, dance and make others smile. His favorite meal was Thanksgiving Dinner, my mother would make this for him anytime he requested it. He was the most giving and selfless man I knew. Too young to go so soon. We will always remember the good times my brother. We are with you always.

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Rachel


LCpl. Raul Bravo
(reprinted from ReviewJournal.com, May 13, 2007)

MARINE MOM’S MEMORIES

Favorite stories about her son will fill Mother’s Day void

Raul Bravo

By PAUL HARASIM
REVIEW-JOURNAL
Every time the doctor looked at a new ultrasound of the baby growing inside her belly, he smiled: “Joy, you’re going to have a beautiful baby girl.”
And then, on April 10, 1985, Joy gave birth to a 6-pound, 9-ounce baby boy.

“He’s my gift from God,” the proud mother told her surprised doctor.

On Mother’s Day, Joy Marsico has long delighted in sharing the story that she says proves that medicine is as much art as science.

“It’s such a fun story,” she said Thursday as she stood at a grave site at Palm Mortuary cemetery on Eastern Avenue, near Warm Springs Road.

As she smiled, tears flowed from beneath her sunglasses.

Year after year her son, Raul Bravo, who grew up to be a muscular Marine, good-naturedly laughed along with everyone else as his mother talked about how she had already picked out beautiful new dresses for her new baby to wear.

This Mother’s Day that story, and so many others, will not be told while the family goes down memory lane at dinner. They will be shared with everyone at her son’s grave site.

“I have to tell them,” she said of the stories. “They’re part of this family.”

On March 3, Lance Cpl. Raul S. Bravo, 21, was killed by a roadside bomb, becoming the first Nevadan to die in military action in Iraq in 2007.

“I’m not sure I could get through this Mother’s Day without his buddies,” Marsico said, nodding at Lance Cpls. Joshua Jordan, Jeff Perez and Craig Perez, all Marines who served in Bravo’s unit. “I am so thankful for my daughters, but it is so unnatural to bury a child. I guess you’d have to say my Mother’s Day is always going to be broken from now on. I haven’t slept since my son died.”

The Marines, all of whom refer to Marsico as “Mom,” brought a Bud Light to Bravo’s grave. Small American flags were everywhere.
If the Marines weren’t hugging Marsico or holding her hand or consoling their friend’s father, also named Raul, they were telling two of Bravo’s three sisters who were on hand, Isabelle and Rachel, about their brother’s service in Iraq.

The Marines just returned to the United States last week, leaving their base in California to visit Marsico on this Mother’s Day weekend.
“Mom needs us and we need her right now,” said Jeff Perez, who told Marsico that with her son’s death he now feels like he has “half a heart.”
“It means so much to me right now to have my son’s Marine Corps family here for Mother’s Day,” Marsico said as she touched her son’s dog tags hanging around her neck. “They made a pact with my son to help me if he died. They’re part of him. They want to help me, and I need to help them. Josh said he feels like he lost an arm since my son’s death. And Craig said he’s having a hard time remembering things. We do need each other.”

Bravo’s buddies want to learn more about their friend and his entire family. And Marsico will share all she can.

“My son had so much fun with life,” she said. “And family meant so much to him.”

Marsico will let the Marines know how her son needed a haircut as soon as he was born because his hair covered his eyes. And they’ll learn how his sisters dressed him up as girl and put him in a large can.

They’ll hear how Raul painted his hand as a child, imprinted it onto cloth and gave it to his mother, and how he gave her a ring from a gum ball machine that he made her wear every day.

Turkey and mashed potatoes was his favorite meal. So Thanksgiving dinner, she’ll say, was eaten by Raul several times a year.
Another memory makes her sob almost uncontrollably.

How she loved it, she said, when her son and his Marine Corps friends, on leave from their first stint in the war, slept off a hard night of partying at her house.
Clothes were strewn on chairs, couches and tables. The young men slept on the living room floor.

“Their feet smelled. So did their breath,” Marsico said. “Even as I was cooking breakfast for them, I couldn’t get rid of that smell. And I loved it. I loved that they could have a good time after all they’d been through. God knows they deserved it. I am so proud to be the mother of a young man who lived life to the fullest. I only wish I lived life the same way.”


Rep. Jon Christopher Porter
State
NV

Raul Bravo
Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor the life of LCpl Raul S. Bravo, Jr. who died on Saturday, March 3, 2007, of injuries sustained in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Lance Corporal Bravo, who was on his second tour of duty in Iraq, was killed by a roadside bomb during combat operations in the city of Qaim, Anbar province, Iraq. Lance Corporal Bravo was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.

Lance Corporal Bravo, a 2004 graduate of Elko High School, was a hero whose desire to serve his country will forever make an impact on his family, his community and his country. He joined the United States Marine Corps to serve his country in the global war on terror. He will not only be remembered for his sacrifice and willing service, but for the extraordinary person that he was. His warmth and optimism brightened the lives of his family and friends.

Madam Speaker, I am proud to honor the life of LCpl Raul S. Bravo, Jr. who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country while fighting the war on terror and defending democracy and freedom.

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Matthew Henderson http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/matthew-henderson/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/matthew-henderson/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 00:59:41 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=11018 Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for […]

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Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Marine Cpl. Matthew C. Henderson.


Marine Cpl. Matthew C. Henderson

Died May 26, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom


Courtesy of http://www.findagrave.com/
Matthew Henderson

Matthew C. Henderson CPL, 25, Lincoln died Wednesday (5/26/04) in Iraq. Born in Columbia, Mich., (5/15/79) to Owen L. and Rebecca J. (Hoffman) Henderson. He was a 1998 graduate of Palmyra High School, attended and played football for Nebraska Wesleyan University. Matthew loved football, 4-wheel drive vehicles, hunting and fishing, animals and had a very special love for his wife, Jaimie.

Survivors: wife, Jaimie; father, Owen Henderson, Lincoln; mother, Becky Henderson, Lincoln; sister, Kellie Henderson, Lincoln; grandparents, LeRee Henderson, Brock, Maxine Hoffman, Tucson, Ariz.; mother-in-law, stepfather-in-law, Kathy and Mike Meyers, Bennett; father-in-law, Jim Barnes, Las Vegas; aunts; uncles; cousins.

Matthew Henderson

Courtesy of http://gpo.gov

Mr. HAGEL. Mr. President, I rise to express my sympathy over the loss of Matthew C. Henderson of Lincoln, NE, a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps. Corporal Henderson was killed on May 26, 2004, in the Anbar Province in Iraq while performing security and stability operations. He was 25 years old. LCpl Kyle Codner of Shelton, NE, a good friend of Henderson, was killed in the same explosion. Corporal Henderson graduated from Palmyra High School and went on to play football at Nebraska Wesleyan for 2 years before joining the Marines. He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, CA. Henderson was one of thousands of brave American service men and women serving in Iraq. Corporal Henderson is survived by his father, Owen Henderson of Bennet; mother, Becky and sister, Kellie Henderson of Lincoln; and wife, Jaimie of Lincoln. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time. America is proud of Matthew C. Henderson’s service and mourns his loss.

Matthew Henderson

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Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Army Sgt. Christopher Abeyta of the Illinois National Guard.


Army Sgt. Christopher P. Abeyta, 23

Died March 15, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


The Associated Press

Christopher P. Abeyta

Four service members, including three Illinois National Guard soldiers, died after a weekend roadside bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan, increasing to 11 the number of the state’s guard members killed in that increasingly violent country since October, officials said Tuesday.

Spc. Norman Cain III, 22, of Mount Morris in suburban Chicago died at the scene of the attack in Kot, Afghanistan, on Sunday, according to the National Guard.

Twenty-three-year-old Sgt. Christopher Abeyta of the Chicago suburb of Midlothian and 24-year-old Sgt. Robert Weinger of Round Lake Beach both died later that day at a base in Jalalabad. Round Lake Beach is about 50 miles north of Chicago.

An airman, 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Timothy L. Bowles of Tucson, Ariz., also died Sunday in the attack.

“Facing the loss of three more Illinois National Guard Soldiers is devastating,” Maj. Gen. William Enyart, adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, said in a news release. “While this is a sad day for the Illinois National Guard, we will remember these soldiers by their bravery and the sacrifice they made for us all.”

Neither the National Guard nor the U.S. Defense Department provide many details about the attack, only that the Americans were in a vehicle when the bomb exploded.

Abeyta, Cain and Weinger were part of the 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, an Urbana-based National Guard unit with about 3,000 members in Afghanistan helping train local police and the Afghan army.

The brigade has been in Afghanistan since October and is expected to come home at the end of the summer or in early fall, but has already had three more soldiers die than the New York-based brigade it replaced lost in its nine-month deployment.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates paid his respects to the four during a visit Monday night to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, according to the Defense Department. A spokesman called it a “personal visit” by Gates.

Cain was a married father of a son and a stepdaughter on his first deployment, while Abeyta and Weinger were single, according to the National Guard. Weinger was in Iraq in 2006 and 2007, while Abeyta was deployed from October 2003 through early 2005 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Cain, on his page at the MySpace social networking Web site, called himself a redneck and a family man.

“I am devoted to my family and damn proud of it,” he wrote. “I am a country boy. Love working on cars and being outdoors. Avid bow hunter. Yes — I’m a redneck.”

Friends wrote condolence messages to all three men on the pages they maintained.

Weinger’s grandmother told the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald that her grandson loved a good practical joke.

“He was also a devoted soldier,” Mary Weinger said. “It’s just a shame he won’t be here any more.”

Abeyta was a 2003 graduate of Bremen High School in Midlothian, while Weinger graduated from Round Lake High School in 2002. Cain graduated from Freeport High School in Freeport, Ill., in 2006.

The war in Afghanistan has become increasingly costly for the United States, particularly since the beginning of the year. Thirty-five American soldiers have died in Afghanistan since Jan. 1, compared to 16 in the first three months of 2008.

Eight of the Illinois guard deaths have come since the first of the year.

Military officials attribute much of the increase in violence to the presence of more U.S. troops, leading to more contact with Taliban and other fighters, particularly in southern and eastern Afghanistan. The U.S. has about 38,000 troops in Afghanistan, roughly 10,000 more than a year ago.

The 33rd Brigade’s commander told The Associated Press earlier this month that his troops often don’t know the identity of their enemy — Taliban, al-Qaida or other local forces. But all the casualties have come as a result of roadside bombs or suicide bombings, something he said the unit has been trained to handle and take precautions against, but can’t entirely stop.

“That’s a fact of life over here, especially on the IEDs,” Col. Scott Thoele said. “It’s an easy method for the enemy to fight us with.”

Fallen Guardsman Remembered

The Associated Press

Christopher P. Abeyta

Sgt. Christopher P. Abeyta was a three-sport athlete in school, excelling in track, football and wrestling. Bremen High School athletic director Jim Matlon remembered Abeyta being an excellent student as well as polite and respectful of others.

“He was always a top-notch student. He was so task- and goal-oriented. That’s why he was such a good person for the service. When you gave him a challenge, he was always a taskmaster and detail oriented,” Matlon said.

Abeyta, 23, of Midlothian, Ill., was killed by a roadside bomb March 15 in Kot. He was on his second deployment in Afghanistan and was assigned to Woodstock, Ill.

Abeyta graduated from high school in 2003, having already enlisted in the Guard. He soon spent a year in Iraq, ending in 2005. Between tours, Abeyta graduated in 2007 from Harold Washington College in Chicago with an associate degree.

Abeyta was a self-described writer, who had kept a journal since he was 11. He read a lot, and listened to music. He cheered up his friends with a goofy sense of humor.

Christopher P. Abeyta

He is survived by his parents, Paul and Barbara.

 

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TROW family:

The CFC has thousands of amazing organization worthy of your donations and support.  However if you did not have a preferred organization or wanted to expand your impact, I wanted to share some personal intel on one organization:

On my last deployment I personally work with Karen Grimord, the president of  Landstuhl Hospital Care Project (CFC# 12282), they literally provided a personal quilt for every wounded warrior we aerovac’d.  This quilt stayed with the member from the battlefield hospital all the way to their personal home.  It was a very touching gestured that was very moving to witness and meant the world to our wounded warriors.  They also provided hand sanitizers and dispensers that could be mounted throughout our treatment rooms and helped prevent the spread of disease.  They sent pallets of boxes filled with goodies, civilian clothes for our wounded warriors to wear, pillows, and other thoughtful gifts.  They do tons more.

Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

The reactions and gratitude I personally witnessed from the warriors were priceless, I will never forget it and it truly made a difference.

Again this is NOT to steal or steer your donations away from your charities, but if you not know which organization you wanted to support or if you wanted to do more, LHCP is clearly worthy of your support.  Don’t take my word for it, check out their website:

www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org

CFC#12282

Serving America’s largest overseas U.S. Military Hospital, supporting wounded/injured military members hospitalized overseas in Afghanistan,

Germany and Middle East, U.S. VA hospitals. Their admin cost are only 4.7%

Plus they were awarded the Best in America: The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence is awarded to the members of Independent Charities of America and Local Independent Charities of America that have, upon rigorous independent review, been able to certify, document, and demonstrate on an annual basis that they meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness.

Thank you all for what you do every day.  Our beneficiaries are fortunate to have you here on our team.  Have a wonderful and blessed day.

 

XX Maj, USAF, MSC,

Program Operations

San Diego, CA

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Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is NavyPetty Officer First Class Jason D. Lewis.


Army Spc. Erica P. Alecksen, 21

Died July 8, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


Erica P. Alecksen

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

EATONTON, Ga For a few hours, at least, everyone could suspend reality. As long as they talked about her, she couldn’t really be gone — not dead, no, not killed a world away, not lying in a coffin bound for Georgia.

And so they waited in line at Maurine and Harold Huggins’ home to pay their respects. They came from just down the street and from across the county, from New York and St. Louis and California. On a Friday grumbly with thunder, they recalled Erica Alecksen — granddaughter, daughter, sister, cousin, wife, friend, soldier.

Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills was first to stop by. He stepped through the doorway and paused to view her portrait in the foyer: Army Spc. Alecksen, 21, uniform pressed, hair pulled back, and smile in place. She was the second oldest of the Hugginses’ nine grandchildren.

“In a small town, everybody calls the sheriff,” Sills said. “I don’t think I’ve ever had so many calls from people asking what they can do to help.”

Erica — only her sergeants and officers called her by her last name — died July 8 in Afghanistan. Attached to the 978th Military Police Company, she was riding in a large truck when it ran over an IED, or improvised explosive device. The blast killed six soldiers.

Erica became the third woman from Georgia to die in the fighting since the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. More than 240 U.S. female combatants have died in war operations since then.

With her death, the conflict came home to Eatonton, 80 miles east of Atlanta. “You knew she was over there,” said Bruce Morris, Erica’s youth pastor at Eatonton First United Methodist Church until she graduated from Putnam County High School in 2009. “You knew it could happen. But then you think, ‘It’s not real. It’s not right.'”

It’s unfair for someone who embraced life so fully to lose hers so soon, said Julia McKelvey of Chamblee. At 31, she’s the oldest of the Huggins grandchildren, Erica’s cousin. A native of Atlanta, she grew up visiting Eatonton, playing with the red-haired little girl who’d one day turn her gaze to the world beyond Putnam County.

“We were all so proud of her,” McKelvey said. “Joining the Army was her chance to become a woman and prove herself.”

She took a husband with her. Tim Bailey met Erica through her mom, Doria Alecksen. He went to a party at the Alecksen home, saw his co-worker’s only daughter and was smitten.

After that first meeting, “I never went a day without seeing her,” said Bailey, 23.

On Feb. 26, 2010, they were married. A month later, she joined the Army. After basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Erica transferred to Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Bailey followed, finding work with a landscaping crew.

Those were happy times. Bailey recalled an afternoon when he picked up his wife at her shift’s end. From a distance, he could see the kitten tucked under her arm.

An older woman who lived near the base discovered the little creature in her garage, Erica told her husband. Not knowing what to do, the woman called the police — the MPs on base — and an officer dispatched Erica. The rookie cop acted decisively: She adopted the kitten and named it Peaches. Case closed.

“With her,” he said, “I never had a bad time.”

In February, she shipped off to Afghanistan for a nine-month deployment as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Erica called home nearly every day.

“You could hear happiness in her voice,” Doria Alecksen said. In one call, her firstborn cheerfully recounted how soldiers blew up an IED they discovered. “I said, ‘There are some things a daughter doesn’t have to tell me until she gets home.'”

She was a daughter of the wood and field, a country girl. When she was 8, Erica caught a small rattlesnake and showed it to her horrified mom. “I just reached in and pinched it behind the head so it couldn’t bite me,” she announced. At 10, Erica spirited tents, tarps and a cooler away to the far side of the family pond where she and brother Charles, 5 at the time, set up “base camp.” It was their makeshift home for the better part of the summer. When she was 16, Erica spent a week sleeping in a doghouse to make sure Angel, the family pooch, didn’t roll over on her newly born litter.

And, from one summer to the next, Erica often went to bed wearing a swimsuit. Why waste time changing clothes in the morning when you can be pond-ready the moment your feet hit the floor?

“She was always smiling, always happy-go-lucky,” said Haleigh Gunter, Putnam High Class of 2010.

She was a daddy’s girl, Lars Alecksen said. When she was 10, he popped open the hood of an ’87 Chevy El Camino to show his daughter its engine. Atop the V-8 was an air filter cover, held in place by a wingnut. “This is No. 1,” he said. Alecksen unscrewed the wingnut as the little girl watched.

They repeated the process about 300 times, taking apart the engine and making notes to ensure they rebuilt it properly. When it was finished, Alecksen knew he had a partner: They’d go on to restore other cars, to attend auto shows. One family photo shows Erica with a hand across her husband’s shoulder; her fingertips are black with grease.

Her father encouraged her to join the Army. Learn a skill. See the world. Then he found out what part of the world she would see.

“I thought, ‘Lord God, what have I done?'” Alecksen said.

Her service to her country is done. Erica’s remains arrived before daylight Thursday at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Family members watched as solemn soldiers removed the flag-covered coffin from a truck. A chaplain comforted them at 3 a.m.

Now, Eatonton awaits her return. Some businesses in the little downtown sport bunting in her honor, and others have signs welcoming her home. Funeral details are incomplete, pending the arrival of her remains. She will be cremated.

In addition to her husband, parents and grandparents, Erica is survived by three aunts, one uncle and her brother. Charles Alecksen, 16, wants to go to the U.S. Military Academy and be an officer in the Army. He is slender like his sister, but his eyes lack her spark — probably because he’s grieving. His is sorrow in a hard shell, not opened easily.

The visitation at the Huggins household ran late. It continued through afternoon sun and rain, and still people kept showing up as night fell. Some folks cried, but a lot more laughed. And, for a few moments, she was with them — Erica, their Erica. Her memory is greater than any roadside bomb.

 

Courtesy of http://13wmaz.com

Erica P. Alecksen

 

The funeral for Army Specialist Erica Alecksen was held in her home town of Eatonton. The 21-year-old soldier was killed July 8 by a roadside bomb on Afghanistan.

A military jet with Alecksen’s body arrived at Greensboro around 1 p.m., and a motorcade led the procession to United Methodist Church in Eatonton.

Members of the community lined the procession to show their support of Alecksen and to honor her bravery while serving in Afghanistan.

Throughout the funeral service, those close to Alecksen celebrated her memory through recollections and songs of worship and praise.

Alecksen’s sister-in-law, Danielle Swanger says the family is deeply thankful for the support the community is showing for their loved one.

“Thank you for being there and thank you for supporting us through this time. You know it’s a very difficult time for the whole family and we just want to say that we appreciate everything that they’ve been there for. The situation is tough but it kind of eases the pain because everyone, even people that didn’t know her is out supporting her and acknowledging the fact that she was fighting for us,” said Swanger.

Erica P. Alecksen

Courtesy of http://findagrave.com

Birth: Jan. 30, 1991

Death: Jul. 8, 2012, Afghanistan

 

Spc. Erica P. Alecksen Bailey, 21, of Eatonton, Ga., died July 8, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit in Maidan Shahr, Wardak province, Afghanistan, with an improvised explosive device. She was assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalion, and Fort Bliss, Texas.

SPC Alecksen’s remains will arrive on Wednesday morning, July 18, 2012 at Greensboro Airport, Greensboro, GA. Her processional will travel Lake Oconee Parkway with an expected arrival into the City of Eatonton of 12:30 P.M. Her remains will be placed in state at The Great Hall of First United Methodist Church, 103 West Magnolia Street, Eatonton.

A Service of Love and Remembrance will be held Wednesday evening at 6:30 P.M., Reverend Dave Hinson, Pastor, officiating. Full military honors will follow the service.

She is survived by her husband of El Paso, TX; parents, Lars and Doria Alecksen, Eatonton, GA; brother of Eatonton, GA; maternal grandparents of Eatonton, GA; paternal grandparents of Manitowoc, WI; aunts, Eatonton, GA, Oakhurst, CA, Saratoga Springs, NY, Lacrosse, WI; uncles, Eatonton, GA, Tove Alecksen, cousins, Atlanta, GA, Eatonton, GA, Saratoga Springs, NY, Moorpark, CA; mother in law, sister in law, and other relatives and friends.

 

Erica P. Alecksen

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Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is NavyPetty Officer First Class Jason D. Lewis.


NavyPetty Officer First Class Jason D. Lewis, 30

Died September 5, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


Courtesy of http://iraqnam.blogspot.com

Jason D. Lewis

BROOKFIELD — Jason Dale Lewis was just 4 years old when the Rev. Mark Cernero first knew him.

In those days, Lewis would come with his family to Cernero’s church, the Assembly of God, in South Attleboro, Mass.

“He was a happy, energetic young boy,” Cernero said. “He was a delightful fellow.”

On Monday, Cernero joined family friends in mourning Lewis’ death.

Lewis, 30, a Petty Officer First Class in the elite U.S. Navy SEAL unit, was killed Friday when a homemade explosive device blew up beneath his Humvee in Baghdad.

“He grew up to be an outstanding young man and a real patriot,” Cernero said. “I am very saddened by his departure. How do you replace people like that?”

Cernero anticipates taking part in Lewis’ funeral service Saturday at First Assembly of God Church in Brookfield, where he is associate pastor.

After the service, scheduled for 11 a.m., Lewis will be buried in Center Cemetery, New Milford, with full military honors.

On Monday, Gov. M. Jodi Rell, who ordered all state and U.S. flags to be lowered to half staff, described Lewis as “a great American.”

“He is a hero, not just to us in Brookfield, but to our entire state and our entire country,” Rell said in a statement. “His sacrifice on behalf of all of us will never be forgotten.”

Rell urged all residents to recognize “the courage, bravery and dedication” Lewis displayed throughout his Navy career, and added: “Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers go out to Officer Lewis’ family and friends.”

A spokesman for Rell said Monday it was not yet known whether the governor, who lives in Brookfield, will attend the funeral.

According to the Department of Defense, Lewis, who lived in Brookfield for most his life, died during combat operations.

Two other sailors, Steven P. Daugherty, 28, of Barstow, Calif., and Robert R. McRill, 42, of Lake Place, Fla., died with him.

“These sailors embodied the Navy core values of honor, courage, and commitment time and again in training and on the battlefield,” said Capt. Chaz Heron, the men’s commander. “They had a combined 34 years of dedicated service to our country. The Naval Special Warfare family will miss them and will ensure they are never forgotten.”

Lewis lived in Virginia Beach, Va., was married to former Brookfield resident Donna (Tyransky) Lewis, and had three young children, Jack, Max, and Grace.

“He was a wonderful man and he loved his children very much,” Donna Lewis said in a brief telephone interview Sunday.

The couple were married in Brookfield in 2002. Donna Lewis is a graduate of Brookfield High School and the University of Connecticut at Storrs and has a master’s degree in speech language pathology.

First Selectman Jerry Murphy called Donna Lewis on Monday to convey condolences from the town, and to offer the family any help they might need.

“Your heart just goes out to the wife and three children,” Murphy said. “I know from my time in the Navy that the Navy family is a tight family, but the SEAL family is even more so.”

Jason Lewis, who was born in Danbury, attended Brookfield High School but graduated from Murdock High School in Winchendon, Mass., and went to the University of Maryland.

Lewis enlisted in the U.S. Navy in July 1996 and after completing advanced SEAL training courses was assigned to a West Coast-based SEAL team in October 1997.

The SEAL unit, which is the Navy’s counterpart to the Army’s Green Berets, is regarded as one of the world’s finest commando and special operations units. SEAL is an acronym for Sea, Air, Land.

In 2004, Lewis reported to the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, Calif., and in January of this year he was transferred to an East Coast SEAL team.

Lewis’ military awards included the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Corps’ Achievement Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Lewis became the 40th active-duty service member with Connecticut ties, and the second from Brookfield, to die in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

In March 2005, 21-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. John T. Schmidt III died from injuries sustained in a firefight near Fallujah.

Although Lewis’ family declined to be interviewed Monday, an obituary notice they prepared for publication today noted that Lewis enjoyed fly-fishing, rock climbing, cycling, and all outdoor activities.

The notice concluded, “He was a devoted father who loved spending time with his family.”

 

Courtesy of http://findagrave.com

Birth: Jun. 30, 1977

Danbury

Fairfield County

Connecticut, USA

Death: Jul. 6, 2007, Iraq

Jason D. Lewis

Petty Officer 1st Class Lewis of Brookfield, Connecticut died July 6 as a result of enemy action while conducting combat operations in the vicinity of Baghdad, Iraq. He was assigned to an East Coast-based SEAL team. He is the beloved husband of Donna (Tyransky) Lewis, died of injuries sustained in combat. He was born in Danbury on June 30, 1977, cherished son of Jean Mariano of New Milford and Dale Lewis. He was a devoted father who loved spending time with his family. In addition to his parents and his wife, Donna, Jason will be sadly missed by his three children: Jack, Max and Grace; his maternal grandparents, Joseph and Frances Mariano of Brookfield; his sister, Jennie Schell and her husband, Kenneth, of New Milford; his mother and father-in-law, Jack and Doris Tyransky, of Brookfield; his sister-in-law, Kerri Eannarino and her husband, Brett, of Brookfield. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

 

Courtesy of http://capitolwords.org

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy

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Madam speaker, I rise today to celebrate the life of Jason Dale Lewis, who was killed in combat just over a year ago on July 6, 2007, in Baghdad. Petty Officer 1st Class Lewis called Brookfield, Connecticut, his home, along with his wife Donna and their three children.

Just 30 years old, Petty Officer 1st Class Lewis was a uniquely skilled member of an elite Navy SEAL unit. Highly decorated, he earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Navy “E” ribbon, two Good Conduct Medals, the Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service ribbon, the Expert Rifleman Medal, and the Expert Pistol Shot Medal. Petty Officer 1st Class Lewis was truly an elite among elites.

A year has passed since Jason left us. But the example he set, for his family, for his community, and for his Nation, will last forever. Our society is beset by those who live lives defined by unmet, wasted potential. That wasn’t a problem for Jason. He knew how great he could be, as a man, as a father, and as a SEAL. And in 30 short years, he achieved that greatness.

As Americans, we hold dear the values of honor, courage and commitment. Petty Officer 1st Class Lewis embodied those characteristics on and off the battlefield. His valor in defense of his country and his unceasing love for his community and family lend credence to the notion that the fullest lives are those lived for the greater good.

Jason D. Lewis

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Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Army Chief Wwarrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez.


Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez

Died September 5, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


Courtesy of www.ksat.comThalia Ramirez Close Up

A U.S. Army soldier from San Antonio identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, and another soldier identified as Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose L. Montenegro Jr., 31, of Houston died in a helicopter crash last week in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense.

The two soldiers were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

The Department of Defense announced they died on Sept. 5, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when their aircraft crashed.

Ramirez is originally from Nairobi, Kenya. She joined the U.S. Army in 2003 as an enlisted water purification specialist, according to fayobserver.com.

She earned OH-58D Kiowa Warrior aviator qualification in 2008, and was assigned to the 82nd CAB in 2009. This was her second deployment.

Fayobserver.com reports Ramirez is survived by her husband, Jesse Belbeck in the United States, and mother and father, Justin Ramirez and Alexandra Moll, in Kenya.


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Thalia Ramirez markerThe two members of the U.S. Army killed last week when their OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter crashed in Afghanistan were, according to the Department of Defense: Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jose L. Montenegro Jr., 31, of Houston, Texas, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez, 28, of San Antonio, Texas.

They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

A colleague of Ramirez and Montenegro wrote to Home Post about how dearly missed is coworkers are. (He asked not to be identified.) These are his words:

Thalia Ramirez was a very beautiful, sweet, kind, caring, officer that was instant friends with all those she met. Her warm smile always lit up a room and she could always bring joy to those around her. She will be deeply missed, and the lives of her fellow pilots and other soldiers will be a lot less bright with her gone.

Mr. Montenegro was a caring, loving person who cherished his friends, his family back in Texas, and those he worked with.

There is a huge hole in the hearts of all of us here in the 1/17th Cavalry that will never be filled.


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ARMY Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S Ramirez, 28, of San Antonio, TX, died Sept. 5, in Logar Province, Afghanistan.

Thalia RamirezRamirez, 28, originally of Nairobi, Kenya, and most recently of Raeford, joined the U.S. Army in 2003 as an enlisted water purification specialist, according to a news release.

“She was a true quiet professional, and an incredible role model to so many,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Landy Dunham, commander, Task Force Talon, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. “Thalia never failed to set the perfect example of a confident and competent warrior. She was fearless, and loved her job. She selflessly risked everything, on a regular basis, in defense of her brothers and sisters in arms.”

She earned OH-58D Kiowa Warrior aviator qualification in 2008, and was assigned to the 82nd CAB in 2009. This was her second deployment.

Ramirez’s awards include the Air Medal 3rd device, the Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon 2nd device, NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Army Aviator Badge.

“As we finish up this deployment and return home, in some way remember my friend Thalia,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joseph Panza, Troop F, 1-17 Air Cavalry Regiment, at the Thursday ceremony on Bagram Airfield honoring both pilots. “Whether it’s a moment of silence, a toast, or a prayer to whatever divine power you believe in. Just a small gesture for someone who made a huge sacrifice doing what she believed in.”

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Jacob M. Hess http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/sgt-jacob-m-hess/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/sgt-jacob-m-hess/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:22:51 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?page_id=10763 Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for […]

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Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Marine Sgt Jacob M. Hess.


Marine Sgt Jacob M. Hess

Died January 1, 2014 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


 

Prager The Spokesman-Review

Several hundred people turned out Monday to honor Jacob Michael Hess, a 22-year-old Marine from Spokane who was killed in Afghanistan on Jan. 1.

“Leave here today knowing he’s the best I’ve served with,” his supervisor, 1st Sgt. Leon Banta, told those gathered in the Life Center Foursquare Church. “He was the epitome of what a leader in the Marines should be.”

Hess was given full military honors, inclu3136703_Gding a 21-gun salute. A Spokane fire truck, ladder extended, flew a large American flag in the parking lot. Among those in attendance was a large contingent of active-duty military as well as veterans.

Hess died while supporting military operations in Helmand province. He was serving in Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26, based at Marine Corps Air Station New River, adjacent to Camp Lejeune, N.C.

People who knew him best described his loyalty and devotion to family, friends and country.

Banta told the crowd that Hess was a special Marine who rose quickly in the ranks.

“He was my go-to guy,” Banta said. “He was absolutely good at everything.”

The average career Marine will take eight to nine years to reach the rank of sergeant. Hess, who joined in 2010, made sergeant in less than three years, out-competing a number of talented candidates, Banta said.

Not only was he smart and efficient, he was also known for his strength and quickness. “If you know Sgt. Hess, he was a physical fitness monster,” Banta said.

Born on Feb. 5, 1991, in San Diego, Hess grew up in a military family, moving a number of times for deployments. He had his own passport by age 4. He spent seven years in Okinawa, forging childhood friendships during long days exploring the island’s beaches. He considered Okinawa his emotional home.

Jacob Hess SoccerPrior to his senior year of high school, Hess moved to Spokane with his family and graduated from North Central High School. Soccer and hockey were his favorite sports. He liked to read and had a knack for history. He had been hoping to take a tour of historic battle sites. A photo tribute during the service showed Hess and family and friends engaged in outdoor fun.

He didn’t let his skills go to his head; he was humble and quiet, friends and family said.

Jacob was a blood, platelet and bone marrow donor.

According to Michael Osha, Jacob was a bone marrow match for her daughter Crystal, and before he was deployed to Afghanistan, Jacob went into the hospital to donate the life giving bone marrow platelets to cure Crystal. Today his platelets flow through her veins to keep Crystal alive and healthy.

Jacob married his high school sweetheart, Bridget (Ramirez) Hess.

Father-in-law and Marine Master Sgt. Ismael Ramirez said he was impressed by Hess’ devotion to his daughter, and gave Hess permission to marry her when he asked. The couple decided to join the Marines together. They married within a week of their respective boot camp graduations, family members said.

When Bridget Hess’ unit came up for deployment, Jacob Hess volunteered for deployment as well.

“He wouldn’t send his wife somewhere he wasn’t willing to go as well,” according to a write-up accompanying his memorial program.

The Marines have said he died supporting military operations. His unit supports the MV-22 Osprey, a twin-engine tilt-rotor helicopter, which is used as a troop and supplies transport.

Jacob Hess Jake is survived by his wife Bridget Hess; mother Keirsten Lyons; father Michael Hess; brother Cameron Hess; grandparents Lynn and James Brink and Robert and Charlene Hess; and in-laws Ismael and Sara Ramirez; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

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11th Anniversary “Ride For The Fallen” http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/11th-anniversary-ride-fallen/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/11th-anniversary-ride-fallen/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:49:04 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10814 Sponsored by Marie Steinmetz 50/50 Poker Run Aug 23, 2014 Sgt Kenneth W. Harris JR.Ride Proceeds Support Landstuhl Hospital Care Project and VFW Post 4641 Dickson TN. Lineup at Dickson Union Cemetery, Ride ends at the The Coupe In Bon Aqua TN. If you can’t attend please forward event details. Thank you

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10474215_10152632083390853_4328585296730363259_nSponsored by Marie Steinmetz
50/50 Poker Run

Aug 23, 2014 Sgt Kenneth W. Harris JR.Ride Proceeds Support Landstuhl Hospital Care Project and VFW Post 4641 Dickson TN.

Lineup at Dickson Union Cemetery, Ride ends at the The Coupe In Bon Aqua TN.

If you can’t attend please forward event details. Thank you

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Sebring AmVets Truck Raffle http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/sebring-amvets-truck-raffle/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/sebring-amvets-truck-raffle/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:44:16 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10810 Sponsored by AmVets Post 21 Sebring FL, 2027 US Highway 27 S. Sebring FL 33870 Organized by George Gray 607-316-2676 Only 800 tickets for this raffle. Drawing held September 1, 2014. You do not need to be present to win. Contact George Gray (607-316-2676) for more info. This 48 International hot rod pickup has a […]

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Win This TruckSponsored by AmVets Post 21 Sebring FL, 2027 US Highway 27 S. Sebring FL 33870

Organized by George Gray
607-316-2676

Only 800 tickets for this raffle. Drawing held September 1, 2014. You do not need to be present to win. Contact George Gray (607-316-2676) for more info.

This 48 International hot rod pickup has a four-cylinder engines, five-speed transmission, and sits on S-10 frame.

If you need not be present to support our wounded troops. Please feel free to send donation to either the Sebring AmVets Post or directly to Landstuhl Hospital Care Project 29 Greenleaf Terrace, Stafford, VA 22556, Thank you!

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Christiansburg, VA 5K Supporting Wounded Warriors http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/christiansburg-va-5k-supporting-wounded-warriors/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/christiansburg-va-5k-supporting-wounded-warriors/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 23:38:30 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10807 Sponsored by AXA Advisors, LLC –Make Checks Payable to LHCP Organized by Dakota Shepherd https://www.facebook.com/dakota.shepherd.969?fref=nf Saturday, September 27th run/walk is $25 or $20 if you are a veteran. Race starts at 782 New River Road, Christiansburg, VA 24073.  If you cannot participate or donate please invite and share this event with any one that might […]

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LHCP 5k Supporting Wounded WarriorsSponsored by AXA Advisors, LLC –Make Checks Payable to LHCP

Organized by Dakota Shepherd

https://www.facebook.com/dakota.shepherd.969?fref=nf

Saturday, September 27th run/walk is $25 or $20 if you are a veteran. Race starts at 782 New River Road, Christiansburg, VA 24073.  If you cannot participate or donate please invite and share this event with any one that might be interested. Volunteers needed for the race day and also to prepare race packets. You can register for the race either online or by mail. Please message me if you think you can volunteer or have any questions. Thank you for your time and support.

Register here—–https://raceit.com/register/?event=28740 

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Norwich Annual Poker Run http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/norwich-annual-poker-run/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/norwich-annual-poker-run/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 16:20:15 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10734 Over 100 people gathered May 17, 2014 for the Norwich Annual Poker Run in Norwich, NY. Sponsored by the American Legion Riders Post 189, legionnaires and friends rode through the chilly morning to support Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. Over $5000.00 was raised! Bill Fowler, Sergeant at Arms, American Legion Riders Post 189 stated “We will […]

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Norwich Annual Poker Run

Norwich Annual Poker Run

Over 100 people gathered May 17, 2014 for the Norwich Annual Poker Run in Norwich, NY. Sponsored by the American Legion Riders Post 189, legionnaires and friends rode through the chilly morning to support Landstuhl Hospital Care Project. Over $5000.00 was raised!

Bill Fowler, Sergeant at Arms, American Legion Riders Post 189 stated “We will ride in Honor of America’s Heroes and in support of those same Sons and Daughters of this Great Land, that have been wounded on battlefields far from their homes. These Great Men and Women were not drafted or conscripted into service – they went because they love America and know they live in the Greatest Nation to ever exist, on this planet.”

Thank you to all of the riders and supporters who made this year’s American legion Riders Benefit for LHCP a success.

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Healing Heroes 2014 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/healing-heroes-2014/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/healing-heroes-2014/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:40:13 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10730 Mark your calendar, this years Healing Heroes concert will be staring Leslie Satcher, Paul Aldrich, Casey Beathard, and Ed Hill is set for June 22. This year will also have special guest star comedian, actress, author, journalist, & radio show host Victoria Jackson!

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Mark your calendar, this years Healing Heroes concert will be staring Leslie Satcher, Paul Aldrich, Casey Beathard, and Ed Hill is set for June 22. This year will also have special guest star comedian, actress, author, journalist, & radio show host Victoria Jackson!

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Jennifer M Moreno http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/jennifer-m-moreno/ http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/jennifer-m-moreno/#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 13:37:14 +0000 http://www.landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org/?p=10694 Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for […]

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Since its inception, each month LHCP has honored a military service member who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Every box which is shipped from LHCP is labeled with information about the Honoree. The monthly Honoree’s story is attached to the box so others can read about those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This month’s Honoree is Army Capt. Jennifer M. Moreno.


Army Capt. Jennifer M. Moreno

Died October 6, 2013 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom


 

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. – A nurse from Madigan Army Medical Center and three of her fellow soldiers in a special operations force were killed by an improvised bomb blast Sunday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said.

Jennifer Moreno 21st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, was based at the hospital at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and volunteered as a member of a cultural support team with a special operations task force that deployed in June.

Also killed in Sunday’s blast in the Zhari District of Kandahar Province were Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25 of Carlisle, Pa.; Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo.; and Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore.

All four service members were killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Army officials said 1st Lt. Moreno was on her first deployment to Afghanistan.

She was born June 25, 1988, in San Diego, Calif. After graduating from San Diego High School, she was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Nurse Corps officer after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

Moreno completed the U.S. Army Airborne Course 2009 at Fort Benning, Ga., and the Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course 2010 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Moreno was then assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., where she served as a clinical staff nurse on a medical surgical unit.

She volunteered and was successfully assessed and selected into the U. S. Army Special Operations Command Cultural Support Team program and deployed in June 2013.

“Our unit mourns the loss of 1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno,” said Lt. Col. Patrick J. Ellis, Commander of 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. “She was a talented member of our team who lost her life while serving her country in one of the most dangerous environments in the world.

“Her bravery and self-sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the 75th Ranger Regiment. She was making a difference in Afghanistan and that legacy will live on. The Moreno family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

Moreno’s awards and decorations include the Parachutist Badge, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

1st Lt. Moreno was posthumously promoted to Captain and awarded the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Meritorious Service Medal, Purple Heart, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and NATO Medal.

She is survived by her mother, Marie V. Cordero, and her sisters Jearaldy Moreno and Yaritza Cordova of San Diego, Calif., and her brother, Ivan F. Moreno, currently serving in the U.S. Army.
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Four soldiers dead in roadside bomb attack

By Joe Gould
Staff writer for Honor the Fallen

 

Two Army Rangers, a nurse and an Army criminal investigator were killed by a roadside bomb blast in Zhari, Afghanistan, on Sunday, authorities said this morning.

One of the Rangers was killed while trying to aid a fallen comrade.

The criminal investigator killed was the first agent of Criminal Investigation Command to die in Iraq or Afghanistan, though agents often assist special operations forces, a CID spokesman said.

1st Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, Calif., a nurse assigned to Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. She was with an Army Special Operations Command cultural support team.
Sgt. Patrick C. Hawkins, 25, of Carlisle, Pa., assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

Sgt. Joseph M. Peters, 24, of Springfield, Mo., a special agent assigned to the 5th Military Police Battalion, Vicenza, Italy.
Pfc. Cody J. Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Benning, Ga.

Col. Christopher S. Vanek, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, called Hawkins a “man of character and commitment” and said Patterson, “had a limitless future.”

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