Salutes & Awards

May 4, 2012

New memorial at Nellis honors fallen Security Forces Airmen

Tags:
By Staff Sgt. William P. Coleman
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William P.Coleman
U.S. Air Force Col. Kit Lambert, 99th Security Forces Group commnader, presents the Fallen Defenders Legacy Project to Defender Flight, May 2, 2012, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Lambert talked about each Airman that was killed in action, giving background information on their lives and how they died in combat.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 99th Security Forces Group and Nellis’ Airman Leadership School honored the nine USAF security forces Airmen killed in action since Sep. 11, 2001, with a presentation to ALS’s Defender Flight.

Defender Flight is an ALS class named after security forces Airmen, who are also known as “defenders.” The name is derived from the security forces’ Latin motto, “Defensor Fortis,” which means strong or steadfast defender.

In a ceremony led by Col. Kit Lambert, 99th Security Forces Group commander, the classroom was dedicated with the Fallen Defenders Legacy Project, a wall display depicting the nine fallen defenders accompanied by the citations describing their heroism.

“As the men and women of Defender Flight go through their training, we want them to remember the Airmen who laid down their lives to defend our country,” said Lambert.

Senior Airman Vanessa Reeves, 99th Security Forces Group executive assistant, initiated the project on behalf of the unit.

“I didn’t realize how close I was going to get to it,” said Reeves. “It was awesome to be able to honor these guys.”

During the presentation, Lambert described the stories of each Airman.

Airman 1st Class Elizabeth Jacobson was killed on September 28, 2005 near Camp Bucca, Iraq. She was the first security forces member killed in the War on Terror and the first killed in action since the Vietnam War.

On January 22, 2006, Staff Sgt. Brian McElroy and Tech. Sgt. Jason Norton were killed on the same patrol 18 miles north of Bagdad.

Airman 1st Class Leebernard Chavis was killed by enemy gunfire on October 14, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq, just days before he was set to return home.

While on his 79th combat patrol, Staff Sgt. John Self was killed while assisting Iraqis in the street of Baghdad on May 14, 2007.

Airman 1st Class Jason Nathan was killed, June 23, 2007 in Iraq. Before deploying, he was named Security Forces Airman of the Year at Lakenheath Air Base, England.

On April 3, 2008, Staff Sgt. Travis Griffin was killed during his fourth tour in Iraq while on patrol near Baghdad.

1st Lt. Joseph Helton was killed September 8, 2009, while on a patrol near Baghdad. A 2007 Air Force Academy graduate, he was the first security forces officer killed in action in the War on Terror.

Senior Airman Nicholas Alden was killed on March 2, 2011, in a shooting by radical anti-American at Frankfurt Airport, Germany. After the gunman fatally shot Airman 1st Class Zachary Cuddeback, Alden ran toward the screams to help, but was also slain.

Lambert said the Fallen Defenders Legacy Project is a reminder that even though the war in Iraq is over, the loss of Airmen is something that should be forever remembered.

“This gives the families a sense of peace because they know that their fallen family member is not forgotten,” said Lambert. “They are a permanent part of our Air Force and that we constantly reflect on the sacrifice they have given.”




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


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle

AFAS helps ease financial stress

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle Hiroko Bush, 99th Force Support Squadron community readiness consultant, accepts a Nellis Airman’s Air Force Financial Aid Society application at the Airman and Family Re...
 
 

AF to change instructions for oaths

WASHINGTON — The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words “So help me God” from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses. In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion from...
 
 

Why I became a victim advocate for fellow Airmen

Editor’s note: Though the author chose to remain anonymous, this is the real story of one Airman’s experience with sexual assault. Be mindful that no two sexual assault stories are the same. If you, or anyone you know, has been or is currently a victim of any sexual crime, contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator...
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler

USAF A3, former USAFWS commandant visits Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Spangler Lt. Gen. Burton M. Field, deputy chief of staff of Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., is sprayed by his wife Lisa after hi...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed

Shedding light on patient advocates

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed Master Sgt. Bryan Anderson, 99th Medical Group patient advocate, speaks with a patient at the Mike O’Callaghan Federal Medical Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Sept. 15....
 
 

F-35 on time to deliver global security, Air Force official said

WASHINGTON — Work leading up the completion of the multinational F-35 program is largely on track, the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office executive officer said in remarks during the 2014 Air Force Association’s Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition here Sept. 15. Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan reported steady progress across all elements of...
 




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