Born: August 12, 1982 in Virgin Islands Died: October 18, 2013 in Kuwait Sgt. Lyle D. Turnbull of Norfolk, Virginia is a 2000 graduate of Charlotte Amalie High School. He studied Psychology at Central Texas College. He died at age 31 2013, in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from a medical emergency while participating in the Army Ten Miler Shadow Run at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait. Lyle leaves his wife, Nestlian and children, his parents, Delita Farrinton Francis and Randolph Turnbull. Western Cemetery #3 Army 62nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion 11th Signal Brigade Fort Hood, Texas
Born: March 3, 1964
Died: June 1, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq
Sgt. Bruce E. Horner of Lorain, Ohio and Newport News, Virginia became a emergency medical technician in Lorain after high school and his training led him to the army. Bruce was known for his humor and his ability to turn people’s lives around. He loved to sing and he sang the Christian songs he loved. Several years ago, at a base parking lot in Virginia, that powerful voice was like a magnet. He was sitting in his car belting out a song. His enthusiasm for life was evident in all he did, from his devotion to his church and family, to his love for the outdoors and activities that included volleyball and biking. He also loved working out and spending time at the gym. Bruce was a devoted member of Olivet Christian Church, where he was active on the Praise and Worship Team and enjoyed working with the youth. He truly loved the Lord and was always excited to witness and share his faith with others, whether here in Newport News, or with his fellow soldiers in Iraq. He often rode with patrol units and worked at power stations doing emergency medical work. During his current tour, Bruce worked at a power station in Al Iskandariah, working with the Iraqi police on a daily basis. Prior to the Iraq invasion the power station had manufactured ammunition. The 127th MPs monitored the Iraqi police and trained them as part of their mission. His family has a strong military background. Bruce completed nearly 18 years of service in the U.S. Army. He died at age 43 in Seddah of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire. Peninsula Memorial Park in Newport News, Virginia
127th Military Police Company
709th Military Police Battalion
18th Military Police Brigade
21st Theater Support Command
Born October 29, 1975 in Virginia
Died August 20, 2013, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan
Master Sgt. George A. Bannar Jr., 37, of Orange, Va., died Aug. 20, of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in Wardak Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, N.C. In July 2003, he graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant, and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd SFG (A). Bannar served in the 1st Bn. for five years, deploying with the unit to Afghanistan four times. In August 2008, he was assigned to the 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) and stationed in Yuma, Ariz., where he worked at the Military Free Fall School as an instructor. In October 2012, Bannar returned to the 3rd SFG (A) and was assigned to the 3rd Bn. He earned an Associate’s Degree from Fayetteville Technical Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Campbell University. His military education includes Airborne School, Warrior Leaders Course, Jumpmaster School, Air Assault School, Advanced Leaders Course, Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course, Senior Leaders Course, Advanced Special Operations Techniques Course, Military Free Fall School, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster School, Advanced Military Free Fall Parachutist School, Basic Instructor Course, Small Group Instructor Training Course and the Special Forces Qualification Course. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal (3), Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal (5), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three Campaign Stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Expert Field Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge, Canadian Parachutist Badge, Royal Netherlands Army Parachutist Badge, Venezuelan Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Special Forces Tab. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.
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Spc. Caryn E. Nouv, 29, of Newport News, Va., died July 27, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked her vehicle with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire. She was assigned to the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va. Nouv grew up in Yorktown, graduating from Tabb High School in 2002. She joined the Army in 2009 and was serving as a convoy driver on her first combat deployment. Nouv was the mother of two young children. Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia – Sec 2 Row 36 Site 38
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Spc. Kyle P. Stoeckli, 21, of Moseley, Va., died June 1, in Maiwand, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. He attended Cosby High School in Midlothian, Virginia.
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Born: September 16, 1984 in Aspen, Colorado
Died: April 27, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan
Capt. Brandon L. Cyr of Shiloh, IL., died at age 28 near Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, in the crash of an MC-12 aircraft. The cause of the crash is under investigation, however initial reporting indicates there was no enemy activity in the area at the time of the crash. He was assigned to the 906th Air Refueling Squadron, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Capt Cyr, an instructor pilot, was a member of the 906th Air Refueling Squadron within the 375th Air Mobility Wing, its parent unit for administrative purposes. However, he flew alongside members of the Illinois Air National Guard’s 126th Air Refueling Wing as part of the Air Force’s Total Force Integration efforts. Cyr was part of an initial team of pilots who help to stand up the 906th ARS for the TFI effort. He most recently served as an executive officer for the 126th ARW commander, Col. Peter Nezamis. At the time of his death, he had earned more than 1,700 flying hours–900 of those in combat. Arlington National Cemetery
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Born: March 25, 1987 at Fort Rucker, Alabama
Died: April 23, 2013 in Pul-i-Alam, Afghanistan
1st Lt. Robert J. Hess of Fairfax, Virginia died at age 26 in Pul-E-Alam, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy indirect fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Aviation Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y. Known best as RJ, he attended Robinson High School where he played football, lacrosse and was the captain of the swim team. He graduated in 2005 and attended Old Dominion University where he also was a member of the university swim team. 1st Lt Hess, a Blackhawk pilot, was commissioned into the Army in November, 2010. After completing pilot training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, he arrived at Fort Drum in November 2012. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom in April 2013. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the NATO Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Aviator Badge. He completed the Aviation Officer Basic Course, the Blackhawk Aviator Qualification Course, the Blackhawk M-Model Aviator Qualification Course, and the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape Course. Arlington National Cemetery – Sec 60 Site 9874
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Sgt. David J. Chambers, 25, of Hampton, Va., died Jan. 16, in Panjwai District, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he encountered an enemy improvised explosive device while on dismounted patrol. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, under control of the 7th Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Sgt. Chambers entered the Army in May 2009 and reported to Fort Benning, GA for Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training MOS 11B (Infantryman). Upon graduation from AIT, he was assigned to 2nd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Rose Barracks, Vilseck, Germany and was deployed to Afghanistan with that unit from June 2010 to May 2011. He arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, in Oct. 2011 and was assigned to 1-38 Inf. He deployed to Afghanistan in November 2012. His civilian and military education includes completion of 2 years of college credit (2008), Military Occupational Specialty: 11B – Infantryman (2009), and the Warrior Leader Course (2012). His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal with 3rd oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Driver’s Badge.
Friday, January 25, 2013
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Fox Hill Central United Methodist Church
Celebration of Life Service
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Fox Hill Central United Methodist Church
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Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, 28, of Chester, Va., died Jan. 10, in Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by small arms fire while on mounted patrol. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. He joined the Army in October 2008 and was the recipient of a Purple Heart and a Bronze Medal. Wittman was the first U.S. casualty of 2013. A former member of Lima Company, Wittman is the 18th alumnus to be killed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Wittman was on his second combat deployment and had previously been awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. As a cadet Wittman was presented with the Marine Corps Association Award for high endeavor and superior accomplishment during four years of study at The Citadel. Wittman had a strong connection to The Citadel. His father Maj. Duane L. Wittman, USA, Ret., was a ’75 graduate. His brother 1st Lt. Nicholas R. Wittman, USMC graduated in ’03. And his sister-in-law 1st Lt. Rikki Felts Wittman, USMC, graduated in ’04. ANC
Aaron will arrive at the Chesterfield County Airport on Thursday, 7 Feb; Family Only. Visitation will be on 7 February at the J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home in Chester, VA from 4-8 pm. Catholic Funeral Rites will be at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church at 8 am on Friday 8 February. Due to travel requirements to Arlington National Cemetery, there will not be a reception following Catholic Services. The Wittman family extends an invitation to all friends to attend interment and the memorable Full Military Funeral Honors in Arlington National Cemetery at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Jeffrey Reed Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 55, Chesterfield, Va. 23832 or the Fisher House Foundation @ www.fisherhouse.org.
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Sgt. Robert J. Billings, 30, of Clarksville, Va., died Oct. 13, in Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Rob graduated in 2001 from Morley Stanwood High School in Morley, Michigan. He began serving in the Army January of 2006 and reported to Fort Benning, GA, for Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training MOS 11B (Infantryman). Upon graduation from AIT he was assigned to Fort Carson, CO. He arrived at JBLM in June 2009 and was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. He deployed with 4th Stryker Brigade to Iraq from September 2009 – August 2010. Sgt. Billings was assigned to 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in January 2011. He deployed to Afghanistan with 3rd Stryker Brigade in December 2011. He was serving his second deployment. His civilian and military education includes High School Diploma (2001), Associates in Arts, Criminal Justice (2012), Field Sanitation Team Certification (2011), Unit Prevention Leader (2011), Airload Planner (2011), Warrior Leader Course (2010), Combatives Level 1 (2010), Combat Life Savers Course (2009), Force XXI Battle Command Brigade (2007), Military Occupational Specialty: 11B- Infantryman (2006). His awards and decorations include Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (two awards), Meritorious Unit Citation, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (two awards), NATO Medal, Certificate of Achievement, Combat Infantry Badge. Robert was set to come home from his latest tour in just 30 days.
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