Salutes & Awards

April 25, 2014

March honors fallen

Tags:
Staff Sgt. DARLENE SELTMANN
56th Fighter Wing public affairs

Retired Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon, guest speaker, spoke April 20 during the kick-off of the March of the Fallen. Slaydon, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, was wounded in 2007 while deployed to Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated in front of him.

Airmen and local community members came together April 20 to honor military members who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country by participating in the annual March of the Fallen rucksack march through the White Tank Mountains. There were three different weight categories participants could select to carry ranging from 45 to 75 pounds.

The March of the Fallen is a 4.5 mile hike dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives during the war efforts of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn.

The rucksack march was created in 2012 by Staff Sgt. Alan McMurray, 56th Medical Operations Squadron physical therapy technician, and Senior Airman Bryan Shook, 943rd Aerospace Medical Squadron medical technician at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, after consolidating a combination of ideas and past experiences.

“Their watch is now over, so we carry their weight upon our backs and continue onward in their honor,” McMurray said.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Luke Airman’s Fund, he said.

There were 131 participants in this year’s event with 30 volunteers. They raised approximately $7,500. This year saw more than triple the amount of participants and money raised since the program began.

The guest speaker, retired Tech. Sgt. Matthew Slaydon, was wounded in 2007 while deployed to Iraq after an improvised explosive device detonated two feet from his face. The blast severely injured Slaydon, resulting in the loss of his left arm and his eyesight.

Slaydon motivated the crowd with his words and by telling his experiences.

“Just remember the experience you’re getting to have today – one so many would give much to be able to participate in,” he said.

“They would give so much to be able to feel that grinding, painful sensation in their steps that you will feel today, but they can’t because they left their legs somewhere in Iraq or Afghanistan. Don’t just do it today for those who we left on the battlefield, do it for those who are unable to experience this due to their injuries. They are fallen as well.”




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


 
 

 
Lightening-within-five

Lightning over Luke …

The F-35 Lightning II isn’t the only lightning striking over Luke Air Force Base. This strike, about five miles west of the Luke flightline, was captured on camera at 1:12 a.m. Aug. 12 at the jet engine test cell.
 
 

Program smooths change from military to civilian life

It can be difficult to find work in today’s economy, even more so for families that are moving to a new area or families that are transitioning from military to civilian life. One program available to veterans is the Workforce Investment Act, which can help veterans have a smooth transition to civilian work. The 56th...
 
 

New form second chance to do EPRs right

Without fail, every time I am around a group of young NCOs, there is one subject guaranteed to come up — the enduring question of “How can I write a stronger EPR for my Airman?” My answer to this question is fairly standard and is one that a chief shared with me many years ago....
 

 

Plan for final out

How many of you are prepared for life outside of the military? Seriously, if you were told tomorrow was your final out, what would you do? We are currently in an environment where Defense Department rollbacks are a serious issue we must all contemplate. Fewer officers are being commissioned. Last year there was only one...
 
 

News Briefs August 22, 2014

Commander’s call Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, will hold a commander’s call Monday in the Luke Air Force Base theater at 7 a.m. for Airmen, 9 a.m. for NCOs, 11 a.m. for senior NCOs, 1 p.m. for civilians, 3 p.m. for officers and 5 p.m. for those not able to make another...
 
 
Airman 1st Class 
JAMES HENSLEY

Commandant challenges students to be best

Airman 1st ClassJAMES HENSLEY Master Sgt. Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School commandant, briefs students Aug. 12 about the active-shooter exercise Aug. 15 at Luke Air Force Base. Poisson asked ...
 




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