Salutes & Awards

December 20, 2013

Fort Huachuca pays respect to fallen K-9 Unit Soldier

Tags:
Maranda Flynn
Staff Writer

Kerina Mariana pets Benny, the working dog assigned to her husband, Staff Sgt. John Mariana, K-9 Unit dog handler, prior to his recent passing on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28. Benny was given to Kerina, who is a prior military working dog handler, following her husband’s memorial service Dec. 12.

Hundreds of local Soldiers, law enforcement personnel, Family and friends gathered at the Fort Huachuca Main Post Chapel, Dec. 12, to give their final farewells to Staff Sgt. John Mariana, who passed away Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28.

Forty-seven motorcycles carrying members of the Patriot Guard and the Combat Veterans Association escorted Mariana’s Family as they arrived at the church, with an American flag mounted on the back of each bike.

Mariana, a New York native, enlisted in the Army on Aug. 29, 2004 as a military police officer. His duty stations included Fort Riley, Kan.; Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; Fort Carson, Colo.; and multiple deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

In August 2012, Mariana was assigned to Fort Huachuca as the military working dog training noncommissioned officer, or NCO, and the senior military working dog handler.

Following his eulogy read by Sgt. 1st Class Craig Hannum, 18th Military Police Detachment, Family and friends watched a slideshow honoring Mariana and his accomplishments.

Mariana’s supervisors and colleagues spoke gently about the committed and loving Soldier he was.

As members of the Patriot Guard and the Combat Veterans Association stand with flags at their sides, Staff Sgt. Daniel Turner, 18th Military Police Detachment, K-9 Unit kennel master, escorts Kerina Mariana, the wife of deceased Staff Sgt. John Mariana, into the Fort Huachuca Main Post Chapel for the memorial service in Mariana’s honor, Dec.12.

“All who knew John knew that he lived his life in a truly superlative manner,” said Maj. Carrie Magaoay, Directorate of Emergency Services provost marshal. “We know he lived and breathed the Soldier, NCO and Military Police Creeds. To call him an exemplary military police officer and noncommissioned officer would be accepted by all who knew him and that role in his life.”

Following remarks and prayers from Chaplain (Capt.) Bruce Duty, Mariana’s wife Kerina was presented with a Meritorious Service Medal signifying his nine years of exemplary service.

As the service closed, the Fort Huachuca Select Honor Guard fired a three-volley salute and a bugler played “Taps.” Row by row, attendees rendered their final salutes and said their goodbyes.

After the memorial, Mariana’s Family gathered at the military working dog kennels, where they were presented with a shadow box showcasing his entire military career. Kerina, who is a prior military working dog handler, was also presented with Mariana’s Army working dog Benny, who will now reside with her.

In addition to his wife, Mariana is survived by his son Cason, his mother Anne Marie, his father Allen, his godfather Michael, and his siblings Michael, Jason, Jessica and Devin.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Tanja Linton

Intelligence Senior Leader Conference maps out ‘way ahead’

Tanja Linton U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence Commander Maj. Gen. Robert Ashley opened the Intelligence Senior Leaders Conference at the Intelligence System Integration Laboratory Dec. 10. Senior intelligence leaders...
 
 

HOLIDAY SAFETY MESSAGE

The end of the year is a great time to take a moment to reflect on our many accomplishments at Fort Huachuca and as an Army. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication as we continue to build on our accomplishments and enhance America’s fighting force. Many of us will be...
 
 

What makes chaplain assistants unique

SAN ANTONIO — As the U.S. Army Installation Management Command chaplain assistant sergeant major, I am proud of all the chaplain assistants supporting our Soldiers, Families and Civilians. We are celebrating 105 years since the Army officially introduced this unique Military Occupational Specialty, or MOS. The Army officially created the position of chaplain assistant On...
 

 
Sgt. Jarred Woods, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater)

Looking for career progression? Join Civilian Expeditionary Workforce

Sgt. Jarred Woods, 1st Sustainment Command (Theater) Department of the Army Civilians inspect a base expeditionary targeting surveillance systems-combined tower before transferring it over to the Afghan National Army near Kabul...
 
 

Colonel Smith MS Panthers end perfect basketball season

It was an exciting, perfect season for the Smith Panthers, a boy’s basketball team at Colonel Smith Middle School. The 14-member team started the season winning 3-0 at the three season tournament. During the regular season the team kept winning, ending their games 9-0. They also won during the CAC Championship. “[That’s] 14-0 wins total,”...
 
 

Fort community donates items in big way

From left, Warren “Russ” Barnes, logistics officer, shows Deborah Bohn, budget analyst, and Sheri York, RAYTHEON site lead, how to ride one of 55 bikes the 2nd-13th Aviation Regiment collected for the Fort Huachuca toy drive this year. This week, chapel personnel distributed toys and clothing collected from many units and organizations on Fort Huachuca...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin