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Sgt Terry L. Rishling

February 11th, 2010 No comments

terry-rishling1Born: December 22, 1971
Died: February 11, 2010 in Kosovo

Sgt. Terry Rishling of Fargo, North Dakota enlisted in the Guard on July 13, 2001, joining C Company, 141st Engineer Combat Battalion in Bismarck. In September 2005, he joined the Headquarters Company of the 141st in Valley City. He transferred to A Company 231st Brigade Support Battalion in September 2006. Outside of the military, his job for the past three years was at the Fargo office of Jet-Way, which does industrial cleaning of agricultural facilities. He was expected to return home in August 2010. Terry was serving in Kosovo with the Army National Guard on peacekeeping duty. He was deployed to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo with the Multi-National Battle Group-East. Terry was trained as a combat engineer and a petroleum supply specialist. He was a team leader in the third platoon of A Company, 231st Maneuver Task Force, a unit based in Valley City, N.D. A lot of younger guys really looked up to him, and he was always willing to take the extra time and give them a hand. He died at age 38 of natural causes. He is survived by his wife, Nancy and daughters, Sophie and Courtney, and his parents, John and Gloria Rishling. He was 38.

Burial is at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, North Dakota – Sec J Site 87

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CWO2 Clayton Marshall Hickman

February 3rd, 2010 No comments

Born: February 3, 1978 in Columbia, Tennessee
Died: February 3, 2010 near Mannheim, Germany

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Clayton M. Hickman of Columbia, Tennessee was very active in the scouts and little league baseball. In middle school he began his involvement with school band, which took him on a trip to march in the Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Another school trip took him to by airplane to Arizona to march in the Fiesta Bowl, and it was this trip that left an impact on his life. It had been his very first airplane ride and he decided he wanted to fly. He began working at Maury County Tennessee Airport mowing grass to earn time to learn to fly fixed wing aircraft. In December 1996, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and over the nine years he served he was stationed in Japan, South Korea and Thailand before coming back to the States. His last duty station was in Jacksonville, Florida. During this time, he worked part time with Herlong Airport where he was continuing to pursue his fixed wing certification. He left the Marines as a Sergeant and had a brief absence from military duty before joining the United States Army and going to Warrant Officer’s Planning School in 2007 and becoming a Warrant Officer 1 so he could learn to fly helicopters and was stationed in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon graduation in 2009, he was then assigned to serve a three year stint in Stuttgart Germany arriving August 2009, assigned to G Company, 52nd Regiment; 1st Battalion, 214th Aviation Regiment; 12th Combat Aviation Brigade based in Stuttgart. Clayton was one of three U.S. Soldiers who were killed when a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed northeast of Mannheim, Germany on February 3, 2010. Clayton died on his 32nd birthday. His dream after retiring from military service was to pursue a job flying with the Vanderbilt Lifeflight team. Burial is at Polk Memorial Gardens, in Columbia, Tennessee. A memorial marker is at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia – Sec 60 Site 9668

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Spc Kris Patrick Jones

November 20th, 2009 No comments

Born: July 5, 1967 in Waynesboro, Virginia
Died: November 20, 2009 in South Korea

Spc Kris P. Jones formerly of Verona, Virginia was a graduate of Waynesboro High School. He was born the son of the late, Wilbert and and the late Lucy Beck Jones. Kris served as a United States Marine before enlisting in the Army where he served as a truck driver with the regiment’s E Company, 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade. Surviving relatives include his wife, Sandi K. Jones; three sons, Koron Jones, Kian Jones and Jordan Embrey; three daughters, Safria Jones, Alesai Dill and Katoria Harris; two brothers, Wilbert Jones and Michael Dillard; two sisters, Fellecia Jones and Sarah Britt; a best friend, Scott Miller; and many other relatives and friends. He died at age 42 while on active duty at Camp Humphreys in South Korea.

Burial is at Riverview Cemetery in Waynesboro, Virginia

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1st Lt. Joshua D. Shepherd

July 21st, 2008 No comments

joshua-d-shepherdBorn: September 3, 1982 in Lewistown, Pennsylvania
Died: July 21, 2008 in Guam

1st Lt. Joshua D. Shepherd of Lewistown, Pennsylvania was a 2001 graduate of Lewistown Area High School and was an Air Force ROTC cadet at Penn State and a journalism major who minored in history and military studies graduating in 2005. He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lewistown and a member of the Lewistown Moose Lodge. He was serving as a navigator on the unarmed Air Force Bomber that crashed as it was making a swing around the island from Andersen Air Force Base for a celebratory fly-over as part of Guam Liberation Day celebrations. The holiday marks the arrival of the U.S. military arrived to retake the island from Japan. Joshua was a navigator with over 500 flying hours qualified in T-43 and B-52H aircraft. His awards include the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal and Global War On Terrorism Service Medal. He was on of six victims of the B-52 crash near the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. He was 26. He is survived by his wife and two sons, ages 5 and 5 months. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Harold W. Shepherd.

Burial is at Juniata Memorial Cemetery in Lewistown, Pennsylvania

Capt Michael Kennedy Dodson

July 21st, 2008 1 comment

michael-kennedy-dodsonBorn: November 8, 1976 in San Antonio, Texas
Died: July 21, 2008 in Guam

Capt. Michael K. Dodson grew up in San Antonio. He had wanted to fly planes since he was 12. So he got in the Civil Air Patrol and worked through the summers to put himself through the program. By the time he went to college, he had clocked 400 commercial flying hours. He earned a bachelor of art degree in electrical engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. But Michael didn’t want to be a navigator forever. He wanted to fly instead. In 2005, he participated in the Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training program in Wichita Falls, Texas. He was one of 15 out of a more than 300 applicant pool to undergo the international training. Michael had spent five years at Pope Air Force Base as navigator on C-130 cargo airplanes and then was selected for pilot training. He planned to return to C-130s but ended up in B-52s instead. Capt Dodson was a Pilot and Navigator with 2,121 hours of flying time including 293 combat hours. His awards include the Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Air Force Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster. He and his wife planned to return to Fayetteville, North Carolina after he completed military service. Michael was on of six victims of the B-52 crash near the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. He was 31.

Burial is at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas -Sec MA3 Site 55

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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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