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Col. George Teo Martin

July 21st, 2008 No comments

Born: April 27, 1957
Died: July 21, 2008 in Guam

Col. George T. Martin of Columbus, Ohio graduated from East High School and was a graduate of Ohio State University Medical School and had been a military doctor for 25 years. He graduated in 1980 with an undergraduate degree in microbiology and from the medical school in 1989. He was a flight surgeon and deputy commander of the 36th Medical Group at Andersen Air Force Base. He wanted to be an astronaut. To him they were celebrities and he seemed to know all their names. George dreamed of someday going to Mars. He was on of six victims of the B-52 crash near the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.

Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 8882

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Maj. Brent David Williams

July 21st, 2008 No comments

Born: November 22, 1970
Died: July 21 2008 in Guam

Maj. Brent D. Williams spent his childhood in Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma earning a Bachelor Degree in Information System Management while enrolled in the ROTC program. He graduated and earned his Air Force commission in 1994. Major Williams also held a Master of Science in Military Operations from American Military University and a Master of Science from Air University. Once on active duty, Major Williams held several posts at his first assignment culminating as Command Post Emergency Actions Officer at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina from 1994 until 1997. During that time period, he deployed to Qatar in support of Air Expeditionary Force III as the command post officer in charge and was awarded Company Grade Officer of the Year twice. Major Williams completed Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida in 1997. After receiving his navigator wings, he attended initial qualification training at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana and was assigned to fly the B-52H at Barksdale’s 20th Bomb Squadron, 2nd Bomb Wing in 1999. In late 2000, Major Williams was selected for the Air Force Intern Program at the Pentagon and began a prestigious one year program to develop the future leaders of the USAF. As an intern, he was an integral team member of the Secretary of Defense’s response to 9/11. Major Williams transferred to Randolph AFB, Texas in 2002, instructing navigator students as they pursued their wings at the 562nd Flying Training Squadron. He served as the 12th Operations Group Chief of Plans and Combat System Officer Project Officer. Major Williams spearheaded the implementation of the Air Force Chief of Staff’s highly visible Combat System Officer program. In 2005, Major Williams returned to Barksdale AFB, LA upgrading to Radar Navigator, graduating from the 11th Bomb Squadron Flight Training Unit as a Distinguished Graduate having the highest scores from the training unit in the past eight years. He was then assigned to the 96th Bomb Squadron as Chief of Strategic Plans followed by an Assistant Direction of Operations position. He continued his flying instruction duties in the B-52, leading the squadron as acting Commander during a short notice deployment and Nuclear Surety Inspection, vital to the 2d Bomb Wing’s success. Major Williams deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam in May 2008 in support of the Department of Defense’s continuous bomber presence in the Pacific area of responsibility. There he served as the director of operations for the 36th Operations Support Squadron. Major Williams was a senior navigator with over 1300 flying hours qualified in T-34C, T-34A and B-52H aircraft. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Air Force Achievement medal.

Burial is at Blanchard Cemetery in Blanchard, Oklahoma

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Maj Christopher Michael Cooper

July 21st, 2008 No comments

Born: August 10, 1974 in Austin, Texas
Died: July 21, 2008 in Guam

Maj. Christopher M. Cooper of Round Rock, Texas was a Texas native before moving with his family to Messena, New York where he was a 1992 graduate of Massena Central School. He returned to Austin to attend UT, where he went through the Air Force ROTC program and was commissioned a second-lieutenant in 1997. He was an eleven year Air Force veteran whos uncle was also a B-52 pilot and a heavy influence in his decision to join the military service. The aircraft commander was stationed at Barksdale where he worked as an instructor pilot. He served two tours in Iraq and served with special operations in Afghanistan. Christopher was on of six victims of the B-52 crash near the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. He was 33.

Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 8677

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1st Lt Robert Duane Gerren

July 21st, 2008 No comments

Born: September 24, 1975 in Flint, Michigan
Died: July 21, 2008 in Guam

1st Lt. Robert D. Gerren of Gladwin, Michigan graduated Gladwin High School in 1994 where he rose to the top of his class. Bobby also excelled at Saginaw Valley State University while earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration. Throughout his hometown he was known as a model student and citizen. He was mature, handsome and athletic. He dreamed of being a pilot and joined the Air Force where he was an electronic warfare officer. Bobby had been stationed in Pensacola, Fl., Shreveport, La., and San Antonio, Texas during his tour with the Air Force. Once on active duty, Bobby completed Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida. After receiving his navigator wings, he attended Electronic Warfare Officer Training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Upon completion of that program, he began initial qualification training at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, where he was tops in academics, and was assigned to fly the B-52H at Barksdale’s 20th Bomb Squadron, 2d Bomb Wing in 2007. In addition to his duties as a fully qualified B-52 Electronic Warfare Officer, he also excelled as a Facilities Manager for the 20th Bomb Squadron. He deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in June 2008, in support of the Department of Defense’s continuous bomber presence in the Pacific Area of Responsibility. There he served as a Vehicle Control Officer for the 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron. Lieut Gerren was an Electronic Warfare officer with over 350 flying hours qualified in the T-6, T-1, T-39, T-43 and B-52H aircraft. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and most recently, 2d Operations Group Electronic Warfare Officer Aircrew of the Quarter. He was one of six victims of the B-52 crash near the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. He leaves his parents, Linda Gerren, and Duane and Rebecca Gerren, his sister, Jennifer Patton, his stepsister, Tara Blackmer. He was 32.

Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 8882

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Capt Cartize Barnard Durham

November 8th, 2007 No comments

cartizeBorn: January 10, 1977
Died: November 8, 2007 in Italy

Capt Cartize B. Durham of Bossier City, Louisianna was a 1995 graduate of Airline High School where he was a standout football player. In school he was also a member of ROTC and achieved the highest rank, commander of the cadets. It was during his freshman year he knew wanted to become an officer in the Air Force. As a student he stood out with his committment to excellence. Later he attended Louisiana Tech University earning his bachelor’s degree. “Bull” had dreams of joining the service since he was a young boy. He wanted to serve his country as well as take care of his growing family. He was commander of a material management flight for the wing. While stationed in Italy, he had the opportunity to meet Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley. The meeting was a proud moment in his military career. Capt. Durham was killed at age 30 in the crash of an Army Blackhawk helicopter near Aviano Air Base, Italy. Also killed in the crash were Staff Sgt. Robert D. Rogers, Staff Sgt. Mark A. Spence and Senior Airman Kenneth P. Hauprich Jr., also assigned to the 31st Fighter Wing, and Army pilots Capt. Christian P. Skoglund and Chief Warrant Officer David Angelo F. Alvarez, both assigned to the 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment.
Air Force
31st Fighter Wing
Aviano Air Base, Italy

Burial information is unknown at this time

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Staff Sgt Mark Alan Spence

November 8th, 2007 No comments

Born: Dec. 11, 1982 in Buffalo, New York
Died: November 8, 2007 in Italy

Staff Sgt. Mark A. Spence of Buffalo, New York graduated from Clarence High School in 2001, completed a year’s study at the University at Buffalo, and then joined the Air Force in 2003. He continued his college studies while in the service, compiling a perfect 4.0 grade point average. He went from being the fastest runner in an elementary school track meet to competition with the cross country and football teams at Clarence High School. He expected to graduate soon from Park University with a degree in criminal justice. His maternal grandfather, Donald Rhoads, who died in January, helped design airplanes and led to Sgt. Spence’s enlistment. He was coming home in June and was going to take the New York State trooper’s exam. He wanted to become a detective in the State Police. Spence led a group of eight airmen whose job was calibrating avionic sensors on F16 fighter jets. He is survived by his wife; his parents and two brothers. He and his wife were expecting the couple’s first child in May 2008. Mark was also an avionic sensors team leader and also enjoyed photography and travel. He entered the service in 2003 and arrived on station Jan. 2004. He was 24. Amigone Funeral Home.
Air Force
31st Fighter Wing
Aviano Air Base, Italy

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Senior Airman Kenneth Paul Hauprich, Jr

November 8th, 2007 No comments

Born: April 10, 1985
Died: November 8, 2007 in Italy

Air Force Senior Airman Kenny Hauprich of Fairborn, Ohio was a 2004 graduate of Greeneview High School where he wrestled, played football, sang in the choir, earned As and Bs, had perfect attendance for at least three years and loved being in plays. He was also a counselor at Camp Kern. His smile, bright blue eyes and sparkling personality made it hard not to instantly like him. He had a way to make the room light up when he was around. Even when he got into trouble and was sent to his room he would never stay in it because he hated for someone to be mad or upset at him. His favorite saying was “Remember that I am the good one”. Kenny always gave 150% of himself in everything that he did, whether it was him wrestling as one of the smallest one on the team to practicing with the heavy weights. This motivation carried over to everything he did from making employee of the month the second month he worked at Wendy’s, or making Senior Airman below zone. He had a zest for life that was impeccable! He had dreams that someday he would play football and that he did: not only did he play on the Junior high football team where he did get to shine. Kenny was small in size and didn’t get much playing time but he put his heart into every practice where he gave the star players the practice they needed. It was not unusual to see Kenny run out on the field just to get the kicking tee. Kenny left to go into the Air Force and not only did he become a man but he did grow to over 6 feet tall. He was stationed at Aviano AB where they saw him as an awesome athlete. His nick name was “Gazelle” because he was so quick. He played for the NFL Italy team where he was the starting receiver. Kenny was doing what he wanted to do his entire life and that was to follow in his father’s and mother’s footsteps and serve his country as an Airman in the United States Air Force. His twin sister, also is in the military. As with all his endeavors Kenny was a steller Airman! He was preceded in death by his Grandfather Ronald Duncan. He died along with four other military personnel when the helicopter crashed near the city of Treviso. He was 22.

Burial is at Silvercreek Cemetery Old in Jamestown, Ohio

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Staff Sgt Robert Daniel Rogers

November 8th, 2007 No comments

rogersBorn: February 21, 1980 in Germany
Died: November 8, 2007 in Aviano, Italy

Staff Sergeant Roberts D. Rogers was born in Ulm, Germany, the son of Anna and Robert Allen Rogers while his father was stationed there. The family moved to the United States when Robert was 3 months old, living first at Fort Huachuca Arizona and then Sierra Vista, Arizona. Robert attended Shiloh Christian School from kindergarten until his high school graduation, where he was named salutatorian in May 1998. As a child Robert loved to draw, assemble Lego airplanes and helicopters from memory. He would much rather read than watch movies. He helped his Mom keep house, cook, and do laundry — all skills that followed him to his adult life. Robert excelled at everything and especially loved mathematics. As a teenager he belonged to the Civil Air Patrol because of his love for planes and flying. He loved adventure and on his 18th birthday he skydived for the first time. He also loved repelling, rock climbing, white water rafting and was training for his scuba diving license. While in Sierra Vista he attended Cochise College and worked for Marriott Food Service and United Parcel Service. At the time of his death, he lacked only three credits from receiving the associate’s degree in avionics systems technology. He enlisted in the Air Force in 2001 attending basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and technical training at Sheppard Air Force Base, both in Texas. His assignments included Hill Air Force Base, Utah; Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea; and Aviano Air Base, Italy. He served in various positions within the Air Force Avionics community-including avionics sensors system team member, journeyman and team leader. Other awards were Avionics Flight NCO of the Quarter, July-September 2006; nominated for the 2007 Leo Marquez Award for Aircraft Maintenance; received the Air Force Commendation Medal for his service at Aviano Air Base. He was the 2005 Maintenance Professional of the Year and Lantirns top technician for the 31st Fighter Wing in Italy. He was never content to just tell you how to perform a task, instead he wanted to jump in and show you how it was done. He lived every day to the fullest and his infectious laugh and dry sense of humor lifted spirits daily. Robert was a devoted, “super daddy” and the “best dad ever” to his 5-year-old son, Isaiah Sky Rogers, the center of his life, who lived with him in Italy. He is survived by his mother, Anna (Dan) Showalter; his father, Robert Allen (Carol) Rogers; brother Karl Rogers. Lanea Rogers, his wife, also survives him, as well as many relatives in Germany and Washington state. Robert was killed while serving as the team leader for an avionic sensor team when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training exercise near Aviano Air Base in Italy. He was buried at Southern Arizona Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista, Arizona – Sec 4 Site 80

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CWO2 DavidAngelo Francis Alvarez

November 8th, 2007 No comments

dave4Born: May 15, 1976 in San Jose, California
Died: November 8, 2007 in Aviano, Italy

Cheif Warrant Officer David F. Alvarez moved to Lathrop, California at the age of four years. Meticulous in his studies, he earned straight A’s and never missed a day of school from kindergarten through high school. He enlisted in the United States Army after his 1994 graduation from East Union High School in Lathrop California. Stationed at several bases around the globe over his career, he married his wife Rachel two years ago. When he would come home to California on visits, he would bring gifts from the various places he had been to around the world. He also had fascinating stories to tell his family of the things he accomplished and the people he had met. David was a chief warrant officer 2 and was serving as the co-pilot of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when it crashed during a training mission outside Aviano, Italy. Burial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 28 Site 579

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Capt Christian Philip Skoglund

November 8th, 2007 No comments

Born: August 2, 1976 in Racine, Wisconsin
Died: November 8, 2007 in Aviano, Italy

Captain Christian P. Skoglund of Racine, Wisconsin was a graduate of Jefferson, McKinley, and Park schools (Class of 1994) in Racine; he went to Bible School at Bodenseehof in Germany, went on missions trips to Honduras and Mexico, then to Wheaton (Illinois) College, where he graduated in 2000 with a Degree in Environmental Science. Christian was commissioned through ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He graduated from Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama in 2002 and served two years in Korea, one tour in Kuwait, and was currently stationed in Italy. He loved sports and played soccer in high school, soccer and hockey in college, and then was an Armed Services All-Star rugby player. Christian’s world was big and inclusive; he had a smile and encouraging words for everyone. He had enormous enthusiasm, endurance, and compassion. He was committed to his loving Lord and saw all aspects of his life as a gift from Him – so he enjoyed it to the full, and took the responsibility that comes with opportunity. Those from every part of his life remember him with affection and respect, especially from his fellow servicemen. He was Commander of G Company, 52nd Aviation Regiment, based in Aviano, Italy, and was killed in a United States Army Black Hawk Helicopter crash near Aviano, Italy. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia - Sec 28 Site 1118

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